Cardiology Fellowship Program
Recognized as a leader in invasive and therapeutic cardiology and ultrasound, the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/Phoenix VA Health Care System Cardiology Fellowship Program encompasses a staff of outstanding clinicians and researchers. More than 100 cardiologists have completed training in the program since it was instituted in 1966.
The Faculty: Ten full-time and 23 part-time faculty members constitute Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center / Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center cardiology teaching staff.
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center: Located in one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center combines ultra-modern facilities and state-of-the-art heath care technology. Banner Good Samaritan offers the broad range of experience found in a tertiary care, 650-bed hospital.
Phoenix VA Health Care System: The Phoenix VA Health Care System, an allied hospital in the Cardiology Fellowship, is a 470-bed acute and critical care facility. The Department of Medicine has five full-time members in the cardiology section.
The University of Arizona: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is a major teaching affiliate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Medical students are assigned to cardiology to gain exposure to non-invasive and consultative activities. Clinical faculty have academic appointments at the University of Arizona.
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Clinical Rotation: The Fellowship is designed to teach all aspects of cardiovascular disease. Fellows work closely with selected members of the core attending faculty. The full spectrum of cardiovascular disease from outpatient consulting to diagnostic work-up and therapy is experienced.
Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology: At Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, six new, state-of-the-art, catheterization laboratories provide and annual volume of more than 7,000 invasive procedures. These include electrophysiology studies, coronary angiography, revascularization procedures including PTCA, directional atherectomy, rotational atherectomy and coronary stent placement. Cardiology fellows are involved in the catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory from their first through third fellowship years.
Electrocardiography, Exercise Laboratory and Nuclear Cardiology: Fellows supervise medical students, interns and residents who rotate through this service. There is a formal one-hour session daily with a staff cardiologist for electrocardiographic interpretation. Nuclear cardiology studies are reviewed in conjunction with a nuclear medicine specialist. Additionally, all tracings of major teaching value are presented at a weekly ECG drill ("Big Board"). There is also an active pacemaker clinic, as well as a cardiology clinic.
Phoenix VA Health Care System Assignment: Fellows assigned to this facility act as consultants to the medical housestaff in the acute units and wards. Fellows supervise the non-unit consultations performed by medical students and residents. Formal case presentations and unit rounds are supervised by full-time cardiology faculty. The hospital has an exercise physiology laboratory, ECG station, echocardiography unit, nuclear cardiology section and a coronary catheterization laboratory. Fellows act as the principal cardiologists to housestaff in the CCU. These are also weekly cardiology rounds and clinic.
Research: Since the inception of the Cardiology Fellowship the program has published more than 500 papers, abstracts, chapters in textbooks and other material in the literature. Monthly research review conferences are held.
Conferences: The seven hours of formal weekly conferences include general cardiology conferences and lectures on hemodynamics, echocardiography, electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, nuclear cardiology, Journal Club, physical diagnosis, cardiovascular surgery, magnetic resonance imaging, electrocardiography, and self-assessment examinations.
Cardiac Surgery: More than 1,000 cardio-vascular procedures are performed each year, including operations for congenital disorders, coronary artery disease and vascular problems. Additionally, fellows perform permanent pacemaker implantations.
Cardiac Clinic: Cardiac clinic takes place one-half day every week. Under the supervision of the clinical faculty, fellows perform cardiology consultations and ongoing care of patients with complex disorders.