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Advanced Training – Cardiovascular Imaging and Echocardiography

The UT Southwestern Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship is a unique opportunity to engage in complex, non-invasive imaging techniques at all three of our busy echocardiography labs (Parkland Memorial Hospital, Clements University Hospital, and the Dallas VA Medical Center).  This clinical training year is designed for fellows to achieve level III certification as defined by COCATS, the ASE and the ACC.  Fellows will be eligible to sit for the Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography.

This 12-month fellowship includes robust training in TTE and TEE performance and interpretation, contrast echocardiography, 3D processing, mechanical support imaging, and speckle-tracking strain techniques.   Structural interventional echocardiography is a prominent part of the clinical year: mitral edge-to-edge repair, transcatheter mitral valve replacement, paravalvular leak closure, PFO and ASD closure, Watchman device placement and tricuspid valve interventions.  Opportunities in adult congenital heart imaging also are offered.

Finally, ample time will be reserved for the fellows to pursue academic interests, including imaging associated research and medical education.  Many current research projects are ongoing for the fellow to engage in.  The advanced echocardiography fellows also champion our echocardiography simulation lab for our first-year fellows.  Advanced echocardiography fellows organize and participate in our weekly non-invasive cardiac imaging conference, with close collaboration with the radiology department.