Program Description

Peter Schulman, M.D.Situated in central Connecticut, the University of Connecticut Cardiology Program is a three-year, ACGME-approved academic fellowship training program that leads to Board Eligibility in Cardiovascular Disease. The training takes place largely at John Dempsey Hospital and at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Program applicants are selected through the Cardiology Matching Program after three years of training in Internal Medicine. Fellows are accepted for three years of training, but continuation in the program is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. The program accepts 3 new trainees per year for a total program size of 9 fellows.

The fellowship program is structured to provide extensive training in every major discipline of non-invasive and invasive cardiology, cardiologic patient care, and clinical, translational and basic research. Fellows will become highly skilled in all cardiac diagnostic procedures including stress testing, nuclear cardiology studies, trans-thoracic echocardiograms, trans-esophageal echocardiograms, and stress echo. All fellows graduate with level 2 training in nuclear cardiology and level 3 training in echocardiography. As of 2008-2009, UConn’s Advanced Imaging Center will provide fellows with training in Cardiac MRI, Coronary CT Angiography, and 3D Echo.

The first two years are largely devoted to core rotations in clinical cardiology, cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology (including percutaneous coronary intervention and peripheral vascular procedures) and electrophysiology. Protected time for research is provided. Weekly didactic sessions, monthly journal clubs, cardiovascular ground rounds, and Citywide clinical conferences cover broad topics in cardiology.

Each fellow has a one-half day per week continuity experience at a participating facility with responsibility for the outpatient management of a group of assigned patients for the duration of the fellowship.

In the second and third year, opportunities are provided for electives in focused areas of cardiology. The third year provides an opportunity for concentration in the area of a fellow’s special clinical interest, which may include interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, or cardiac imaging (echo, nuclear, cardiac MR, and coronary CT). At completion of training, all fellows are eligible for nuclear licensing and echocardiography board certification.

Clinical and basic investigations are currently active in the areas of cardiac arrhythmias and pathophysiology, therapy of heart failure, hyperlipidemia, and coronary artery disease as well as in the development of new therapeutic modalities. It is expected that all fellows fulfill a research requirement that involves, at a minimum, the completion of a publishable research report.