The Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria campus (UICOMP) is a milestone development in Central Illinois. I am fortunate to be involved in its inception from the initial planning stage to accreditation and to now as the Program Director.
I finished my Cardiology & Interventional Cardiology training from SUNY Downstate Brooklyn, NY. I then joined HeartCare Midwest, a very renowned large cardiology group in Central Midwest associated with OSF SFMC health system & UICOMP.
The Fellowship is well equipped to provide COCAT level II training, and provides electives in Advanced Hypertension, Adult Congenital Heart, CT / MRI, and Cardiothoracic / vascular surgery rotations.
We have six state of the art Cath / Hybrid labs equipped with IVUS, FFR, performing over 1400 interventions a year, including all complex coronary interventions with use of Impella Device. Our STEMI program has seen a door to balloon median time of 52 minutes for nearly 7 years. Our Structural Heart Interventional program is robust and we have done nearly 1000 TAVRs, and several watchman device procedures. Our Mitraclip program was recently launched. We have a strong EP program that performs A Fib, AFlutter, complex VT and SVT ablations besides a comprehensive device program.
In addition to above, our Imaging cardiology division gives comprehensive hands on training to our fellows in Echocardiography / TEE / Nuclear / CT & cardiac MRI / 3-D Echo / Strain Imaging. Cardiology exclusively reads Nuclear studies. Well supported Inpatient and Consultative cardiology services act as the perfect quarterback. Our Advanced heart failure service has been launched in the past two years and we have successfully implanted multiple LVADs and have laid out plans for heart transplant program.
We have dedicated Research Fellows who are a tremendous asset to the Program and our clinical fellows supporting their scholarly activities. We have a state-of-the-art Jump Simulation Center that provides our fellows with access to simulation mannequins to practice TTE, TEE, pacemaker insertion, as well as opportunities to research involving high tech virtual reality and 3-D printing.
We know that each of our fellows will not only be exposed to diverse clinical pathology but will also acquire appropriate procedural skill sets to become well-trained, competent Cardiologists. We have maintained 100% board pass rate across general cardiology, Echo, Nuclear Cardiology boards since inception.
As the program director, I am passionate to see a 360 degree professional growth in my fellows. Myself and the rest of the faculty take pride in success of our fellows and constant desire to better the program.
It’s an exciting time in Cardiology, and it’s only the beginning!
Sudhir Mungee, MD, FACC, FSCAI