Residents obtain a structured clinical experience in Cardiology at Oconee Memorial Hospital and South Carolina Cardiology Consultants, the only cardiology practice in Seneca. These rotations are typically in two-week blocks, as the focus of the curriculum is on the “clinic first” model. Residents round with cardiologists in the hospital, see new consults and other hospitalized cardiac patients and present directly to the cardiology attending. Residents participate in cardiovascular stress testing, catheterization labs procedures and other scheduled cardiovascular procedures. When the residents are not rounding with the cardiology service or engaged in their continuity clinic, they participate in outpatient care at the South Carolina Cardiology Consultants office, where they see patients with the cardiologists, participate treadmill stress tests and tilt table testing.
The goal of the cardiology curriculum is for our residents to become comfortable diagnosing and managing common cardiovascular conditions, understand how to coordinate care with cardiology colleagues, become comfortable interpreting EKGs, and gaining proficiency in overseeing and interpreting treadmill stress tests. Residents become comfortable managing a variety of cardiovascular conditions including but not limited to syncope, risk factor modification, post MI care, CHF, CAD/ACS/Angina, arrhythmias, valvular disease, pericardial disease, and vascular disease.