The University of Kentucky offers a 2-year program of learning and practical experience in catheterization and cardiovascular interventions (Interventional Cardiology). Our mission is to prepare future leaders, investigators, educators and outstanding practitioners who will be able to advance the field, while delivering the highest possible quality of patient care.
While we recognize a diversity of career paths within the subspecialty, the cornerstone of our program is the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care. We achieve our mission through a combination of closely supervised individual mentoring and didactic teaching.
The program is set in a very rich clinical experience that provides increasing autonomy as technical skills are mastered and learning objectives are met. A competency-based teaching philosophy enables our program to continuously evolve as new knowledge and new technologies are incorporated into the subspecialty. In this model, the mix of learning objectives and the teaching methods employed are continuously modified to maximize educational outcomes.
The curriculum runs continuously for 2 years, during which time a minimum 1-year block of uninterrupted clinical experience is allocated to meet eligibility requirements of the ABIM for board certification in interventional cardiology. The second year focuses on advanced interventional skills (including peripheral vascular disease and repair of structural heart disease) and on academic productivity. The program is committed to supporting the research efforts of the interventional fellows, both academically and logistically.