Clinical training takes place primarily at the new, state-of-the-art Van Ness Campus (video tour) of CPMC (opened 3/2019) that is a tertiary referral center for Sutter Health as well as for Northern California, providing advanced cardiac care including complex coronary intervention, structural heart intervention, cardiac electrophysiology, and advanced heart failure and heart transplantation. All acute cardiac services were moved from the Pacific Campus of CPMC, the site of the original Cooper Medical College (established 1890) and Stanford University School of Medicine (1909-1959). Two months are also spent at the new Mission Bernal Campus (video tour) of CPMC (opened 8/2018) in the Mission district of San Francisco that serves an underserved patient population as well as houses the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit for older adults. This new campus was built to replace St. Luke’s Hospital (established 1871), one of the original hospitals in San Francisco.
Our 9 cardiology fellows (3 per year) are integral members of the cardiovascular services and laboratories, and work side-by-side with core faculty and attending cardiologists in every aspect of the cardiovascular division. All fellows also participate in monthly institutional cardiovascular process improvement meetings as members of specific workgroups. While gaining exceptional clinical training, fellows also take an active role in supervising and teaching interns and residents from the CPMC Internal Medicine Residency program, as well as medical students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and UCSF.
Clinical rotations are distributed over 3 years with core rotations (required by ACGME/COCATS) concentrated in the first two years. This allows for more time in Year 3 to customize training using months reserved for elective rotations, whether it be for advanced fellowships preparation, advanced COCATS achievements, or other specific career goals. The more condensed rotation schedule during the first year also allows full exposure to the breath of cardiology so that fellows can make a decision for sub-specialization early.
|Rotation||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Mission Bernal Campus Cardiology||1||1|
|CCU / Telemetry Service||1||2||1|
|Advanced Heart Failure / Transplant Service||1||1||2|
|Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory||2||1||1|
|Noninvasive Cardiology Laboratory||*||*||*|
|Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory||1||1|
|Structural Heart / Cardiac Surgery||1||1|
|Advanced Cardiac Imaging||1|
|Adult Congenital Heart Disease||**||**||**|
|Elective / Research||1||1||5|
* Biweekly coverage schedule throughout year
** Dedicated curriculum during Echocardiography rotation
*** Weekly ½ day at assigned office throughout year