A one year clinical EP fellowship for qualified candidates who have completed a 3 year cardiology fellowship. Our case pathology is diverse and our volume is generous with over 400 catheter ablations per year, including more than 150 afib pulmonary vein isolation procedures, 400 ICD implants per year, including BiVentricular pacing ICD’s, and 400 pacemaker implants per year. We also perform ICD and pacemaker lead extractions.
Fellows have a supervised half day each week in clinic, with a focus on arrhythmia patients. There is a weekly EP didactic conference as well as morning rounds. There are also daily cardiac conferences and monthly grand rounds in cardiology. There are yearly New England EP Society meetings which include fellow case presentations. Fellows are supported to attend yearly NASPE meetings.
There are many ongoing funded clinical research trials. Fellows are encouraged to produce at least one abstract and one paper during their fellowship year.
Two positions are offered. Fellows with limited EP exposure are strongly encouraged to stay for 2 years (PGY 7 and 8). We also offer an advanced PGY 8 fellowship year focusing on complex ablation procedures
The goal of the inpatient and outpatient EP service experience is to develop the ability to diagnose and manage arrhythmias (bradycardiac and/or tachycardic). The Fellow is expected to know the HRS/AHA/ACC guidelines for brady support and ICD implant, as well as drug therapies for arrhythmias. The fellow’s role on the EP service should not be a repetition of residency, but rather should emulate the responsibilities of the attending for a series of challenging arrhythmia patients. The fellow may perform the initial attending's admission work-up, assembling ALL of the relevant data including phone calls to outside hospitals, referring physicians within or outside UMMHC, generate a differential diagnosis and management plan, and present this to the EP inpatient attending (who will be the attending physician of record for the patient). The fellow will round daily on the patients she/he admits, review diagnostic studies, continuously refine the working diagnosis, devise management plans, and oversee discharge planning, paperwork, and communication.
Fellows are given ample opportunity to develop a high level of performance in such areas as interpretation of results of noninvasive testing relevant to arrhythmia diagnoses and treatment, performance and interpretation of invasive EP testing, performing therapeutic catheter ablation procedures, and performing implantation of ICDs and pacemakers, as well as cardiac resynchronization devices.
2014 Michael Mellana, MD Current Fellow
2014 Senthil Sivalingam, MD Private Practice
2013 Shalabh Chandra, MD Private Practice
2012 Kay Lee Park, MD Private Practice
2011 Juan Merchan, MD Private Practice
2011 Robert Schaller, DO Academic Medicine
2010 Patrick O’Beirne, MD Private Practice
2010 Kevin Floyd, MD Academic Medicine
2009 David McMannus, MD Academic Medicine
2009 Cynthia Ennis, DO Academic Medicine
2008 Ashish Sadhu, MD Private Practice