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The Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) in Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship with the primary purpose of preparing its graduates for careers in the multi-faceted subspecialty of CVIR. Fellows receive training in all aspects of the modern CVIR practice.
Vascular and non-vascular interventions will include, but are not limited to:
- Diagnostic and interventional arteriography and venography
- Oncologic and transplant interventions
- Vascular access and dialysis access management
- IVC filter placement and complex IVC filter retrieval
- Percutaneous biliary interventions
- Genitourinary interventions
- Gastrointestinal interventions
- Vascular malformation interventions
- Venous insufficiency interventions
- Transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunt creation and management
- Complex drainage procedures
- Non-invasive vascular imaging (vascular ultrasound, CT angiography, MR angiography)
- Percutaneous biopsies and drainages (optional)
- Neurointerventions (pain management, vascular interventions; optional)
In addition to inpatient evaluations, fellows have dedicated time in CVIR clinics where patients are seen for pre-procedure evaluation and post-procedure follow-up. The general CVIR clinic exposes fellows to patients with diagnoses that include, but are not limited to, hepatocellular carcinoma, venous insufficiency, prior IVC filter placement and peripheral vascular disease.
Subspecialty clinic involves the treatment of vascular anomalies and venous disease. Participation in multi-specialty treatment planning conferences and clinics contribute to the development of a fellow’s clinical skills as well as the understanding of CVIR’s role in the patient’s global clinical care.
Dedicated time for research is an integral part of the fellowship, providing the opportunity to take an in-depth look at specific aspects of CVIR practices and procedures. Fellows are expected to submit educational projects for publication or presentation at meetings.
Participation in the Quality Assurance (QA) process, including a QA project, is an important and mandatory component of fellowship training, intended to maintain and improve overall patient care.
Graduates from the program have successfully entered private, military and academic practices.
Learn More about the Fellowship
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship is no longer interviewing. The fellowship program will be phased out in June 2020, along with all programs nationally. The program plans to interview for the independent track to match for July 2020 and will accept both ESIR and non-ESIR applicants.
Contact the program with any questions.
Conferences and Journal Clubs
Several conferences and journal clubs are part of the learning environment in the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship.
Each morning at 7:30 a.m., morning rounds are held in the Interventional Radiology reading room. Rounds are attended by the attendings on service, the fellows, the residents on CVIR, as well as any medical student or other learner on the service.
Rounds are run by one of the attendings assigned to do procedures that day. The fellows are responsible for organizing the day’s cases and ensuring that all patients are prepared to be presented.
During rounds, each patient is discussed, to include a plan for their care while in the IR suite. Recent imaging studies, labs and other results are discussed in the context of the planned procedure.
Rounds represent a valuable time for patient-specific education, as well as discussion regarding the anatomy and techniques relevant to the actual procedure being performed.
Held 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays in the Radiology Conference Room, this conference is mandatory for the fellows and residents who are on service.
Lectures that are prepared by the fellows include Interesting Case Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Journal Club. The Interesting Case Conference and Morbidity and Mortality each occur once a month. Journal Club alternates with a Technology and Nursing Education lecture, which is prepared by the technologists and nurses who work in CVIR. Attending physicians present interventional radiology-focused didactic lectures on a monthly basis.
Formal Journal Club is held quarterly, in addition to the informal Journal Club previously noted.
The choice of articles is made at the discretion of the fellows, with attending input. The choice of articles may be driven by questions regarding new techniques or current literature. An interesting clinical question that arises during a case may also be the motivation for selecting a specific topic for discussion.
The Heart and Vascular Institute Conference Series consists of lectures that may be attended by all house-staff in the institute.
Of particular interest to the CVIR fellow may be Heart and Vascular Grand Rounds, which are lectures given by subject-matter experts within the institute as well as outside speakers.
This lecture series is held quarterly on a Thursday morning.
Attendance is mandatory for the house-staff, but attendance by attending physicians is also encouraged.
The ACGME Core Competency Lectures provide education regarding the core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. Learn more about this lecture series here.
This quarterly meeting encourages the exchange of ideas between Penn State Health’s CVIR group and interventional radiologists who practice in the community. This is a meeting that all attendees look forward to, where interesting cases are presented and spirited discussions about management ensue.
It gives all participants the opportunity to share new ideas, different techniques and good food.