Elective Clinical Rotations

During the three-year fellowship experience, fellows are able to expand their training in areas of specific interest.  Elective time may be spent gaining additional experience in the Required Rotations. Several additional options for elective rotations exist including:

Advanced Imaging

This rotation allows fellows who desire additional experience in advanced cardiovascular imaging to gain adequate expertise and experience to fulfill COCATS criteria for Level II certification.  Modalities available include 3D echo, cardiac CTA, cardiac MRI, and stress cardiac MRI.  OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is the only Illinois center outside Chicago that offers stress MRI.

Advanced Heart Failure

In this rotation fellows will receive intensive exposure to patients with advanced heart failure despite maximal conventional therapy.  Fellows spend time in Cardiac Transplant Clinic, VAD Clinic and Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic as well as Inpatient Advanced Heart Failure Service.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Fellows who desire additional expertise in diagnostic and therapeutics techniques utilized in patients with PVD may do so in this elective rotation.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic

Exposure to the diagnosis and management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and the associated social and genetic implications.  The fellow will receive an in depth focus on noninvasive assessment tools unique to this pathology.

Valve Clinic

Experience in the assessment and management of patients with advanced valvular heart disease, as well as exposure to and interpretation of multi modality imaging techniques utilized in the assessment of this patient population.  This rotation will specifically involve exposure to established and emerging percutaneous techniques, namely transfemoral aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Resistant Hypertension

OSF offers a multidisciplinary clinic to evaluate and treat patients with refractory hypertension.  The clinic utilizes expertise of both nephrologists and cardiologists and offers a wide range of diagnostic modalities.

Administrative Cardiology

For better or worse, success in our current environment requires the practicing cardiologist possess an understanding of business and administrative concepts.  Several faculty members have much experience in administrative practices.  Also, OSF HealthCare is one of only 32 designated Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO).  During this elective rotation  fellows will become familiar with:

  • various payor systems such as ACOs
  • various physician compensation strategies
  • various QA/QI and benchmarking projects
  • a variety of management styles and techniques