SA Heart, in partnership with Ashford Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has participated from the outset in the Australian Government’s Specialist Training Program in cardiology.
SA Heart’s cardiologists are proud to be involved in contributing to the education of future cardiologists by allowing access to learning in the private sector. SA Heart was one of the first private specialist practices nationally to be involved in such training.
This program has arisen from the “… growing recognition of the need for trainees in many medical specialties to undertake some of their training in a wider range of clinical settings in order to augment the training received in traditional teaching hospitals. The Specialist Training Program supports medical specialist training opportunities in a broad range of settings.”
The learning objectives of these rotations, through a private setting at SA Heart and Ashford Hospital, is to provide cardiology trainees at public teaching hospitals, where there is no cardiac surgery or a full scale echocardiography facility, comprehensive exposure to the pre and post care of cardiac surgical patients, all modes of echocardiography, including stress echocardiography and 3D echocardiography, in an echo lab with state of the art equipment. The program includes caring for ambulatory patients with clinical profiles not routinely seen in public hospitals, and there is the opportunity to follow patients’ treatment over an extended period, including time spent in ED, ICU, angio labs and cardiac wards.
The training curriculum, training sites and training supervisors for the Specialist Training Program are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.