Conferences: Division of Cardiology

Our program has regularly scheduled cardiology conferences, seminars and reviews of published data. The participation of trainees in the planning and production of these conferences is expected. Attendance at medical grand rounds and multidisciplinary conferences is highly desirable, particularly at conferences closely related to cardiovascular disease, such as conferences on surgery, radiology, and pathology.

Visiting professors provide stimulation, and at least informal evaluation and feedback to trainees and faculty.

The following table provides an overview of the regularly scheduled sessions.

Day Time Session Description
Monday 12 p.m. General Cardiology Didactic Conference Faculty-led, topic-based discussion
Tuesday 7 a.m. MedStar Washington EP Conference Case-based discussion and lecture on cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias
12:30 p.m. Cardiology Grand Rounds Four different formats alternating every week: 1) Visiting Professor Lecture; 2) Journal Club; 3) M&M conference; 4) Research conference
4:30 p.m.
ACHD Conference Case-based discussion in conjunction with faculty from Children’s National Medical Center.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. Cath Conference Mixed format with short lectures by international experts via the web and discussion of interventional cases.
12 p.m. Journal Club / Focused-topic session Focused session to review an article or a focused topic, such as ECG or cardiac imaging pearls
4 p.m. DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center EP Conference Literature-based discussion of arrhythmia topics
Thursday 7:45 a.m. Echo Conference Mixed format with case-based discussion and short lectures on specific echo topics given by fellows doing the rotation
2 p.m. VA Medical Center Cath Conference Case presentation and discussion by fellows

Mixed format including discussion of formal topics or review of board exam-type question with the Fellowship Program Director

Friday 7:30 a.m. ECG Conference ECG-based discussion of cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias
12 p.m. (monthly) Advanced Heart Failure Conference Review of topics and cases in advanced heart failure

Fellows participate directly in the teaching of cardiology to peers, internal medicine residents and to referring physicians, and become familiar with the fundamental principles of education, including skills in organization of conferences, lectures and teaching materials. The teaching experience, often through weekly or more frequent core content conferences, attempts to integrate basic biomedical information with the clinical aspects of cardiology, including integration of clinical management principles.