The trainees have direct, supervised experience in a general
adult cardiac catheterization laboratory that performs
catheterizations of both the right and left sides of the heart.
This initial experience in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
emphasizes the fundamentals of cardiovascular physiology as it
relates to clinical disease, the analysis of hemodynamic records
and the interpretation of angiographic images.
Such an experience also focuses on the problems in interpretation
and analysis of such data and the importance of quality. All
fellows have adequate training in the principles of radiation
safety. The acquisition of advanced procedural skills is not the
primary purpose of the initial exposure of the trainee to the
cardiac catheterization laboratory. All trainees understand
indications, risks and benefits of interventional therapeutic