Howard H. Weitz, MD
Divisional Director, Cardiology
Bernard L. Segal Professor
of Clinical Cardiology
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP) Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a one-year accredited program that requires fellows to obtain competencies in the 6 areas as defined by the ACGME to the level expected of a new CCEP practitioner. It is recognized that the fellows will be in their 7th year of post-graduate training, having already completed a minimum of 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine and an additional 3 years of fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease accredited by the ACGME. During this time they will have already learned and mastered many of the above listed skills, such as consultative skills, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, compassionate caregiving, etc... These skills will be preserved, reinforced and re-assessed throughout the CCEP fellowship via close observation and interpersonal contact.
However, it is also recognized that the field of clinical electrophysiology is a procedure-based subspecialty. Accordingly, the main emphases of the CCEP fellowship training will be to attain procedural proficiency in all aspects of invasive electrophysiology, become skilled at consultative electrophysiology, and provide individualized ambulatory follow-up and trouble-shooting of implanted devices.
At the end of the CCEP fellowship program, the fellows should be able to:
- Provide expert consultation in all aspects of rhythm management and clinical electrophysiology, pacing and defibrillation;
- Show knowledge of, indications for, and procedural skills and expertise in all electrophysiologic procedures, including diagnostic electrophysiology studies (including analysis of complex intra-cardiac electrograms), ablation for all types of supraventricular tachycardia including atrial fibrillation, ablation (endocardial and epicardial) for ventricular tachycardia, defibrillator and pacemaker implantation, electric cardioversion, and tilt table testing;
- Show expertise in electroanatomic mapping (including CARTO and Velocity);
- Provide individualized out-patient follow-up of implanted defibrillators and pacemakers;
- Review, critique and analyze published scientific literature, and incorporate the findings of clinical trials into routine clinical practice;
- Propose, plan and carry out clinical research that will confirm or refute a proposed hypothesis or investigate a clinical issue;
- Above all, provide ethical, professional and compassionate care to patients and their families.
Howard H. Weitz, MD
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