Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Interventional Cardiology
From the Latin word intervenire, "to come between," Interventional Cardiology is the branch of Cardiology responsible for catheter-based interventions in the management of ischemic heart disease, congenital heart disease, and acquired valvular disease.
Important procedural skills include coronary artery catheterization, angioplasty, intra-coronary thombolysis, valvuloplasty, coronary artery stent placement, and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation.
Interventional Cardiology fellowship training requires 12 months of accredited training beyond three years of general cardiology training.
For the 2010-2011 academic year, there are 135 ACGME-accredited training programs in Interventional Cardiology with 297 active positions. Only eight percent are female and 45% are U.S. medical graduates.
The American Board of Internal Medicine offers certification in Interventional Cardiology.
Major Professional Societies
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and
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