Atrial Fibrillation Fellowship 2018

Fellowship Overview

The fellowship goal is to provide newly graduated cardio thoracic surgeons from around the world with an educational opportunity to enhance their clinical understanding and surgical proficiency in treating patients with atrial fibrillation, under the guidance of leading surgeon-educators in this field.

The specific learning objectives are to provide surgeons with the foundational knowledge of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation, the rationale for its surgical treatment and firsthand experience in AF correction procedures over a range of surgical approaches. As a result of this training, they may ascend to leadership roles in surgical AF treatment over the course of their careers.

Fellowship Curriculum

The curriculum will include a thorough review and demonstrated understanding of the following topics:
• Pathophysiology of AF
• Electrophysiologic mechanisms of AF
• Key cardiac anatomy associated with AF and surgical treatment
• Foundational and contemporary peer-reviewed literature on the disease and treatment options
• Guidelines for AF Classification and reporting success
• Diagnosis and screening for AF in patients referred for structural heart procedures
• Co-morbidities associated with AF
• The impact of lesion set and energy source on outcomes
• Different approaches and considerations for concomitant and sole therapy procedures
• Decision making and surgical approaches to treatment
• Left atrial appendage (LAA) management and the concept of AF-related stroke arising from the LAA
• Post-operative care of patients including rhythm assessment
• Collaborating with cardiologists and electrophysiologists in AF treatment

Criteria

Application criteria
• Under the age of 40 and in the last year of training, or within the first three years after completing training
• EACTS member

Selection criteria
• FEBCTS
• Interest in AF surgery
• Must have a letter of support from current Head of Department/training director if in last year of training
• Must supply a letter of interest
• To be in a position to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the fellowship in their own centre

Activities

• Four week stay in a high-volume AF ablation surgery centre
• EACTS Academy Course in AF ablation
• Four week training programme
• EACTS Annual Meeting

Evaluation and feedback

A structured evaluation of the activities and a feedback from the fellow will be developed. At the end of the fellowship, the fellows will produce a full report (2000-2500 words) on their experience. They will present this during the EACTS annual meeting.

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The Atrial Fibrillation Fellowship is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Atricure.

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