The primary goal of the Interventional Cardiovascular Training Program at the University of Maryland is to prepare fellows for a career in academic cardiology. The emphasis is placed on research productivity and the acquisition of technical and cognitive skills.
The majority of the training occurs at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, the Baltimore VA Medical Center, physically connected to the Medical Center, has a state-of-the-art Catheterization Laboratory. Coronary interventional procedures are performed at both facilities. These services are performed by full-time members of the cardiac catheterization laboratory faculty of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Currently, we perform1200 interventional procedures each year in the catheterization laboratories.
The University of Maryland Catheterization Laboratory has access to state-of-the-art devices. Coronary intervention including stenting, balloon angioplasty and rotational atherectomy are performed routinely. Being a tertiary care medical center, complex cases are often referred for intervention. Many procedures are performed in the setting of acute myocardial infarction and hemodynamic instability and a full range of percutaneous ventricular assist devices are available, including many under clinical investigation. Training in structural heart disease is emphasized including PFO and ASD closure as well as balloon valvuloplasty. Members of the faculty have advanced skills in peripheral vascular intervention and a state of the art peripheral vascular lab was recently installed. The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is also the site of many clinical research projects in which the interventional fellows are expected to participate.