Training & Education

The Division’s faculty remains committed to the training of the future generation of cardiologists. The mission of the multifaceted and multidisciplinary USC Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is to educate fellows in the comprehensive assessment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease processes. Under the leadership of Director Dr. David Shavelle and Associate Director Dr. Vivian Mo, the program includes a rich, comprehensive experience that combines clinical training at LAC+USC, Keck Medical Center of USC and the Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute; a curriculum that encompasses all aspects of Cardiovascular Medicine, including clinical cardiology, cardiovascular MR, cardiovascular CT, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac intervention, congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure; and opportunities for clinical and basic research. Additionally, the Division boasts five advanced subspecialty fellowship programs: clinical cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, vascular medicine and echocardiography.

The educational experience extends to the education and training of Internal Medicine house staff, USC medical students and visiting medical students. House staff and students are assigned to the ICCU and the Cardiovascular Medicine ward and participate in all rounds and educational activities. Four interns and nine residents are assigned to Cardiovascular Medicine on a monthly basis and provide patient care under the supervision of the fellows and staff on the Cardiovascular Medicine ward, CCU and consult service. Residents also participate in the outpatient clinic and spend elective time in the inpatient areas or in the imaging, interventional or electrophysiology laboratories.

The Division’s comprehensive conferences are available to students, house officers, fellows and faculty. Core curriculum is scheduled weekly, while Visiting Professor Rounds alternate with the Griffith Professor Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference, Research Conference, EP/EKG Conference, Congenital Heart Disease Conference, Cath Conference, Noninvasive Conferences and Interventional Conference on a biweekly basis. Journal Club, which provides fellows with practice on critical analysis of research methods and outcomes, is held monthly by fellows with guidance from a faculty member. The Division also sponsors occasional special lectures featuring renowned visiting cardiologists. At the start of each academic year, the core curriculum, a series of lectures on basic and clinical topics in Cardiovascular Medicine, is given by the faculty to the Cardiovascular Medicine fellows.

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