The program's residents are exposed to a wide range of coronary interventions including elective coronary angioplasty and stent, primary acute MI intervention and niche procedures such as rotablator, Angio Jet, Filterwire and Guardwire. Both femoral and radial approaches are routinely used. For interested fellows, there is the option of learning peripheral vascular interventional techniques and adult congenital procedures such as ASD and PFO closure. The learning experience is primarily through one-on-one participation in an individual procedure with an interventional attending. There is a daily 7:00 a.m. Interventional Conference during which interesting and instructive cases from the previous day are reviewed by fellows and attendings. North Shore University Hospital is the primary site of the fellowship and fellows will spend eight months of the year there and four months at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to interventional fellows and attendings, extremely capable nurses, technicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants staff the cath lab. There are also general cardiology fellows rotating through the cath lab. Given the senior status of the interventional fellows, they are expected to have a leadership role in the teaching of the more junior fellows.
On the average, there will be weekly didactic sessions with topics that fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. A daily schedule for morning conference will be distributed on a quarterly basis. The curriculum is revised annually based on technical changes in the field and feedback from the fellows. Didactic topics will include not only individual devices but also pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology and evidence based approaches to the treatment of coronary disease.
Daily Morning Teaching Conference takes place from 7:00-7:30 AM. Topics include: interesting cases presented by residents and discussed with faculty members, didactic lectures are given by the faculty attendings from the NSUH andLIJ campuses as well as guest faculty from other disciplines, journal club, research topics presented by residents and device management. There is a monthly combined cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery conference, a morbidity and mortality conference and cardiology grand rounds.