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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Interventional Cardiology

Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Interventional Cardiology

The Discipline
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.

Procedures
Important procedural skills include coronary artery catheterization, angioplasty, intra-coronary thombolysis, valvuloplasty, coronary artery stent placement, and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation.

Training
Interventional Cardiology fellowship training requires 12 months of accredited training beyond three years of general cardiology training.

Training Positions
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.

Certification
The American Board of Internal Medicine offers certification in Interventional Cardiology.

Major Professional Societies

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
2400 N. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1153
1-800-992-7224
http://www.scai.org

Major Publications

Journal of Interventional Cardiology



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