Clinical Medicine: The Cardiology service at the University of Florida receives cardiology cases three days per week and two attending cardiologists share clinical duty. The receiving day consists of appointments, diagnostic workups, and in-house consultations. Interventional procedures and in-house consultations are performed on non-receiving days. Common interventional procedures include, but are not limited to, permanent pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, and device implantation for PDA/shunt occulsion. Cases are shared between the faculty clinician and the resident, with the resident having priority. The caseload is primarily composed of dogs and cats, however, consultations for horses, cows, and other large animals, as well as various exotic species are common. Day emergencies are seen by either the cardiology or emergency and critical care service. Required out-rotations for the resident include 2-3 weeks at the University of Florida College of Medicine Pediatric Cardiology department and at least 2 weeks of cardiology at a different institution.
Supervision and guidance in clinical cases by UF faculty cardiologists, self-study, rotations on other cardiology services, bimonthly cardiology journal club and chapter review, and weekly attendance of cardiovascular rounds and conference at the University of Florida College of Medicine Pediatrics department are provided to give the resident training and experience in all areas of cardiovascular medicine, according to the guidelines of the Specialty of Cardiology of the ACVIM.
Teaching: Teaching skills are developed in the clinic and in lectures prepared for fellow residents, faculty members, and veterinary students. Residents are expected to take an active role in teaching veterinary students. Residents participate in a weekly Resident Seminar Series (annual seminar on a topic of research) and Morbitiy and Mortality Rounds. Residents will attend the ACVIM meeting annually. Residents will attend at least one human cardiology meeting (American Heart Association of American College of Cardiology) during their residency.
Research: All residents at the University of Florida are required to complete a research project. A manuscript on the project must be prepared and submitted to the cardiology faculty in order to complete the residency program satisfactorily. Residents must also present their projects at a national meeting as well as at Phi Zeta Research Day at the College. Intramural funding (up to $2000) is available on a competitive basis for those residency research projects and mentors assist the resident in obtaining additional internal and external funds through grant writing. Financial support is available to assist with the costs associated with travel to national meetings, out rotations and for miscellaneous academic expenses including literature searches, photocopying and development of a teaching file based on clinical cases.
Interviews are required and applicants will be selected for an interview and then contacted to schedule these once all applications have been received. It is therefore advisable to have your packet submitted and complete as soon as possible.