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Competency Requirements


  • Advocate Health Example Curriculum
  • According to the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Disease (2019), each fellow must have the following minimum number of rotations by graduation:
    • CATH (4 months)
    • Non-Invasive Rotations (6 months):
      • ECHO (3 months)
      • Nuclear (2 months)
      • Non-Invasive (1 month)
    • EP (2 months)
    • Non-Laboratory clinical practice activities (9 months)

Echo Requirements

  • Level I: Required for all fellows
  • Level II: Additional training in 1 or more areas that enables some cardiologists to perform or interpret specific diagnostic tests and procedures or render more specialized care for patients with certain conditions
  • Level II echocardiography training is required to provide independent interpretation of echocardiograms
  • TTEs Performed: 150
  • TTEs Interpreted: 300
  • TEEs Performed and Interpreted: 50
  • Stress Echos (Includes 25 for non-coronary indications): 100
  • Level III: Required of individuals who intend to perform and interpret complex studies in special populations, lead a research program, direct an academic echocardiography laboratory, and/or train others in advanced aspects of echocardiography