Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship
The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program aims to provide our fellows with a training experience that will enable them to pursue a successful career in cardiac electrophysiology, either in academic medicine or private practice. Trainees spend time at both McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. We have seven (six full time and one part time) faculty members. Fellows gain extensive experience at each site in a wide variety of procedures, including radiofrequency ablation of supraventricular (including atrial fibrillation) and ventricular arrhythmias, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators (including biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators), and evaluation of patients with autonomic disorders. The training program includes the opportunity to evaluate and perform procedures in children with arrhythmias. Individuals are exposed to both the outpatient and inpatient settings.
There are basic science research facilities and collaboration activities at Virginia Commonwealth University with faculty members in the departments of Physiology and Pharmacology and Toxicology, as well as opportunities to do clinical research in most aspects of diagnosis and treatment of clinical arrhythmias with ablation and device therapy. There also are opportunities to interact with both faculty and graduate students in the Biomedical Engineering school, as well as members in the departments of Pathology and Radiology.
The clinical program is extremely active with more than 1,200 procedures performed yearly at the VCU Medical Center and more than 500 procedures performed at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We are actively involved in clinical trials of new pacemakers and defibrillators, new antiarrhythmic drugs and radiofrequency and cryoablation for atrial and ventricular tachycarrhythmias. We are involved in implanting left atrial appendage occlusion devices as well. Facilities at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center include one dedicated electrophysiology laboratory, a treatment area and offices. Facilities at the VCU Medical Center include two electrophysiology laboratories, one of which is a magnetic laboratory (Stereotaxis), one noninvasive procedure room, three exam rooms, and physician and staff offices, all within the new Cardiac Electrophysiology Department. Both facilities include: phased array ICE, CARTOTm electroanatomic mapping system and laser for lead extraction.
We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the standard one-year program for two fellowship positions. We offer a two-year program that allows us to offer advanced training and provides additional experience for our trainees in the more complex procedures. Our program is the recipient of an AT Fellowship Award, which provides funding for advanced training in electrophysiology. This award has allowed us to offer a third fellowship position.
Fellowship contact information
VCU School of Medicine
Dept of Internal Medeicine
PO Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509