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The Echocardiography Fellowship Program is a two year non-ACGME training program that involves time performing and reporting all modes of echocardiography and time doing ongoing and new clinical research.
Michael Picard, MD
The Mass General Hospital Cardiac Ultrasound Fellowship Program is designed to train independent investigators and directors of echocardiography laboratories. The program includes the requisite clinical training required to perform, interpret and teach echocardiography at an academic level, and to engage in clinical and experimental research studies.The clinical training program includes supervised performance by the fellow of sufficient echocardiograms to satisfy professional certification requirements for laboratory director; interpretation of routine clinical studies; and performance of transesophageal, contrast, stress echo and emergency studies. The fellow will become conversant with the latest technology and develop an integrated appreciation of cardiac pathophysiology from the combined clinical and research program. Cross modality exposure to Cardiac CT and MRI is available during this fellowship for interested individuals.
To apply to the Echocardiography Fellowship, the following is required:
The fellow will develop expertise in all areas of transthoracic echocardiography, including 2D, M-mode, Doppler and color Doppler. This will include recent advances such as contrast imaging, harmonic imaging, tissue Doppler, strain imaging and three dimensional imaging.
Transesophageal echo (TEE) and its particular role in the diagnosis of specific disease entities including:
The fellow will become experienced in the use of contrast echocardiography for LV opacification, myocardial perfusion and as a diagnostic adjunct in patients undergoing stress echocardiography.
Ability to interpret:
The standard fellowship will be two years in duration.
The fellow is expected to spend approximately 50% of time in clinical activities within the echo lab including performance and interpreting all modes of echocardiography. In addition, on-call responsibilities will include performance of emergency transesophageal echocardiograms and initial review of complicated transthoracic echocardiograms performed by on-call cardiovascular disease fellow.
Approximately 50% of the fellow's time will be spent doing clinical and/or experimental research including design, implementation and publication of new echocardiographic research.
Interested applicants should send their CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation by either mail or e-mail to:Michael Picard, MDMass General Hospital55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 5Boston, MA 02114
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