Program Overview

The medical community has witnessed a dramatic explosion of knowledge and technology related to the science and practice of cardiovascular disease.  Cardiovascular disease is the greatest scourge affecting industrialized nations.  As with previous epidemics, cardiovascular disease not only strikes a significant percentage of the population without warning, but also causes prolonged suffering and disability in an even greater extent.  In the United States alone, despite recent encouraging declines, cardiovascular disease is still responsible for almost 1 million fatalities each year and more than half of all deaths. Almost 5 million persons afflicted with cardiovascular disease are hospitalized each year. The cost of these diseases in terms of human suffering and of material resources is almost incalculable. Fortunately, research focusing on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart disease is moving ahead rapidly. 
 
The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center aims to train future cardiologists who are well-equipped to interpret, diagnose, and treat those suffering from cardiovascular diseases.  Our Program requires mastery of a growing number of tools in diagnosing heart disease such as transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram, stress testing, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac catheterization. Our fellows will be trained to understand the sensitivity, specificity, risk-benefit, and cost-benefit of a broad array of diagnostic techniques and therapeutic options and knowledge of the increasingly complex science that underlies today’s practice. The goal of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is to produce a cardiologist who possesses expertise in both the clinical and academic arenas.
 
Fellows will receive training in:  Adult Congenital Heart Disease; Cardiac CT/Magnetic Resonance Imaging; CCU; Consultation Service; Echocardiography; Electrophysiology; Heart Failure; Interventional Cardiology (in the Cath Lab); Nuclear Cardiology; Preventive Cardiology; and, Vascular Medicine.
 
Weekly Continuity Clinic experience takes place one afternoon every week for approximately four hours.  Fellows will manage approximately 6-8 new and returning patients in each clinic session.  Fellows will manage this panel of patients throughout the tenure of their three years of fellowship training ensuring continuity of care. All clinic experiences take place under the supervision of our highly-skilled clinical faculty members.