Cardiovascular Imaging

Each fellow spends a 12 months in the training program. The rotations are undertaken mainly at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Presbyterian Hospital. There will be an optional rotation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Average fellow workweek is 50-55 hours; that will be spent mostly in the CV section which is equipped with two dedicated workstations, which allow visualization and rendering of datasets acquired in Computed Tomographic Angiography (CTA) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA).

The CV imaging fellow participates in a call pool with MRI fellows, Abdominal Imaging fellows and senior diagnostic radiology residents to staff MRI on Saturday (supervised by an in-house attending MRI radiologist), and take MRI beeper call for a full week for emergency cases. The estimated frequency of this call is approximately 5-6 times per fellowship year.

Recognizing that cardiac and vascular imaging studies are performed in other clinical sections (the Neuroradiology and Thoracic imaging sections of Radiology Department and Section of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Department of Medicine) one-month clinical rotations in these sections will also be offered on an elective basis.

There are biweekly case conferences in which interesting current cardiac and vascular cases will be presented and discussed. It is the responsibility of the cardiovascular fellow to organize the cases for presentation and obtain follow-up where appropriate.

Twice a month the cardiovascular attending gives didactic lectures on techniques and diagnoses for cardiovascular imaging to radiology residents and cardiology fellows. CVI fellows are expected to give several of these conferences over the course of the year, and participate in the teaching of residents, other fellows, and medical students rotating on CVI. There are at least two residents on the CVI rotation. The CV fellow responsibility will be direct supervision during their rotation.

There is a yearly Cardiovascular imaging CME accredited visiting fellowship course and fellows participate both as a trainees and instructors.