Our fellowship prides itself on tailoring the training experience to accommodate the distinct goals and aspirations of our trainees. This is reflected in our curriculum design which allows considerable flexibility in the second and third years of training so that fellows can acquire skills and expertise to prepare them for their chosen career paths. This flexibility is supported by opportunities for fellows to migrate into advanced fellowship training in cardiac catheterization and vascular medicine, clinical electrophysiology, heart failure, and adult congenital heart disease (our allied ACGME sponsored advanced training program in these domains are described elsewhere in this document). In addition, we offer trainees the opportunity to participate in Masters of Clinical Sciencesi training during their conventional fellowship experience and also to incorporate a carefully designed pathway leading towards excellence in basic and clinical research supported by the divisional affiliated NIH T32 training programs as well as topic specific advanced training programs sponsored by the VA, the University of Colorado CTSI, the Center for Women's Health Research and the AHRQ.
We also believe strongly that educational programs need to evolve in order to accommodate the needs of our trainees and also the changing approach to advanced medial education in general. To this end we routinely engage our faculty and our fellows in an iterative review of all aspects of training. This process has resulted (in recent years) in: the reorganization of our basic curriculum to increase exposure to advanced and complex modalities such as heart transplantation and advanced imaging earlier in the three year curriculum; the formalization of small groups of trainees and faculty mentors ("house of cards") which has enhanced the sense of community and the resilience of our trainees; the creation of a night-float call system to relieve some of the stress of on-call work which has enhanced the fellows' experience in the management of critically ill patients.
As should be evident, we are very proud of our training program equally delighted with our trainees.
Peter Buttrick, MD FACC FAHA
S. Gilbert Blount Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Head, Division of Cardiology University of Colorado
Amrut Ambardekar, MD
Fellowship Program Director