Fellows that train in Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology program achieve excellence in all areas of arrhythmia management. Fellows develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias disorders, including invasive and noninvasive testing, and all therapeutic modalities including medical management, device implantation and follow-up and catheter ablation.
Fellows meet arrhythmia patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings to observe, diagnose, manage and judge the effectiveness of treatments for these patients. Fellows are given the opportunity to assume continuing and increasing responsibility for both acutely and chronically ill patients to learn the natural history of a wide variety of cardiac arrhythmias and how to treat them.
Fellows are given increasing responsibility in invasive procedures in the EP laboratory. These procedures include diagnostic EP studies, arrhythmia mapping, catheter ablation for supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias, and pacemaker, ICD and cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantations. Fellows also participate in non-invasive procedures including cardioversions, tilt table tests, and device tests. Fellows consult on patients with arrhythmias and implanted devices in the intensive care units and other inpatient units.
In addition, each fellow spends a ½ day each week in one of the arrhythmia outpatient clinics. The fellows rotate among each of the EP faculty clinics as well as the outpatient device clinic, thus affording trainees the opportunity to observe and manage patients longitudinally, and to gain experience with device follow-up and management.
In addition to the extensive direct clinical exposure, a variety of didactic and investigative opportunities are provided during the fellowship.
Weekly CCEP and cardiology conferences attended by faculty, fellows and staff are used for didactic teaching, discussion of recent cases and complications, and journal club on a rotating basis.