CVI’s Inaugural Cardiology Fellows Boot Camp Overview

CVI’s Inaugural Cardiology Boot Camp is a FREE education program for the 2022 incoming class of new Cardiology Fellows, focusing on what every Cardiology Fellow needs to know during their first months of training. We also welcome Internal Medicine Residents with an interest in Cardiovascular Medicine to join us for CVI’s Cardiology Boot Camp!

Core concepts in the diagnosis and management of patients with known or suspected cardiovascular disease will be highlighted focusing on:

  • General Clinical Cardiology
  • Echocardiography
  • ECG Interpretation/Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management
  • Coronary Disease/Interventional Cardiology
  • Avoiding Burnout

CVI’s Cardiology Boot Camp 2022 incorporates three educational opportunities:

Part One: Available June 5, 2022

  • Comprehensive recorded library of focused didactic presentations
  • Expert faculty
  • On-demand viewing

Part Two: Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 8:00am

  • Live, virtual case-based interactive session with CVI’s expert faculty
  • Interactive audience response and ask-the-expert sessions
  • Recorded for on-demand viewing also!

Boot Camp 2022 Commitee Members

Sheldon Goldberg, MD
Sheldon Goldberg, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Veronica Covalesky, MD
Veronica Covalesky, MDDrexel University
Edmond Cronin, MD
Edmond Cronin, MDTemple University
Paul Fiorilli, MD
Paul Fiorilli, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
David Goldberg, MD
David Goldberg, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Sabrina Islam, MD
Sabrina Islam, MDTemple University
Martin Keane, MD
Martin Keane, MDTemple University
Robert Schaller, DO
Robert Schaller, DOUniversity of Pennsylvania
Frank Silvestry, MD
Frank Silvestry, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania

Part One:

Recorded Virtual Educational Resource Library 



  • Evaluation and Management of Chest Pain in the ED: Overview of the Updated Chest Pain Guidelines – Sabrina Islam, MD (Temple)
  • Management of Hemodynamic Instability: An Approach to Hypotension and Hypertension – Benjamin Khazan, MD (Penn)
  • Evaluation of Acute Shortness of Breath in the Emergency Room – Ileana Pina, MD (Jefferson)

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate chest pain in the Emergency Room setting: Role of history, EKG, biomarkers and CT angiography, including ER treatment of STEMI
  • Manage hemodynamic instability in the Emergency Room
  • Demonstrate how to effectively treat acute heart failure
Sabrina Islam, MD
Sabrina Islam, MDFaculty
Benjamin Khazan, MD
Benjamin Khazan, MDFaculty
Ileana L. Pina, MD MPH
Ileana L. Pina, MD MPHFaculty



  • Echo in HF (Systole and Diastole) – Nana Afari-Armah, MD (Medstar)
  • Echo Basics (POC, TTE, minimal TEE) – Vivek Kulkarni, MD (Cooper)
  • Echo Emergencies: What Will I See My First Call? – Frank Silvestry, MD (Penn)

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize POC Echo, TTE and TEE
  • Recognize the echo findings in cardiovascular emergencies: Tamponade, acute valvular disease, aortic dissection
  • Describe echo findings in heart failure: Cardiomyopathies
Nana Afari-Armah, MD
Nana Afari-Armah, MDFaculty
Vivek Kulkarni, MD
Vivek Kulkarni, MDFaculty
Frank Silvestry, MD
Frank Silvestry, MDFaculty



  • Basic EKG Review: Ischemia and Infarction, Electrolyte Abnormalities, Ventricular Hypertrophy, Drug Effects, Heart Block, Normal Variants Including Ethnic/Racial Differences – Anuj Basil, MD (Temple)
  • Atrial Arrhythmias: Recognition and Acute Management of SVT, PAT, Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fibrillation – Tina Baykaner, MD (Stanford)
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias – Edmond Cronin, MD (Temple)
  • Device Management: Telemetry Strips, Identification on X-Ray, Normal and Abnormal Function, Newer Technologies – Robert Schaller, DO (Penn)

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate SVT from VT on a 12-Lead ECG
  • Diagnose and manage supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias
  • Identify normal and abnormal CIED behavior on cardiac monitoring system
  • Appreciate which patients with heart block may benefit from insertion of a temporary pacing lead
Anuj Basil, MD
Anuj Basil, MDFaculty
Tina Baykaner, MD
Tina Baykaner, MDFaculty
Edmond Cronin, MD
Edmond Cronin, MDFaculty
Robert Schaller, DO
Robert Schaller, DOFaculty



  • Preparing Patients for the Cath Lab and Obtaining Vascular Access – Maria Baldasare, MD (Ozarks)
  • Recognition and Management of Cardiogenic Shock – Paul Fiorilli, MD (Penn)
  • Basics of Hemodynamics – David Goldberg, MD (Penn)
  • PCI in the Setting of ACS: Management Strategies from Initial Presentation Through Post Intervention – Ellen Keeley, MD (U FLA)
  • Basics of Coronary Angiography – Simon Topalian, MD (Cooper)

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare patients for the cath lab
  • Perform diagnostic angiograms
  • Develop management strategies for PCI in the setting of Acute Coronary Syndrome prior, during and post PCI
  • Explain basic hemodynamics education
  • Recognize and treat cardiogenic shock
  • Identify the best practices for vascular access for right and left heart catheterization procedures
  • Distinguish between different coronary angiographic projections and delineate coronary artery pathology
  • Recognize cardiogenic shock and explain management and escalation criteria to mechanical circulatory support
Maria Baldasare, MD
Maria Baldasare, MDFaculty
Paul Fiorilli, MD
Paul Fiorilli, MDFaculty
David Goldberg, MD
David Goldberg, MDFaculty
Ellen Keeley, MD
Ellen Keeley, MDFaculty
Simon Topalian, MD
Simon Topalian, MDFaculty



  • CARDIOLOGY FELLOW – TOP GUN: How to Bring your Best and Prevent your Worst – Samuel Sears, PhD (East Carolina)

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common challenges for first year cardiology fellows
  • Examine how demands challenge psychological well being
  • Activate three wellness behaviors to optimize well-being and high performance

Starting cardiology fellowship represents the realization of years of training.  Professional demands increase and success partially depends on consistently managing personal and professional attitudes and behavior.  The purpose of this talk is to discuss common challenges in the first year and the introduction of your own strategies for keeping your mental functioning at its best.

Samuel Sears, PhD
Samuel Sears, PhDFaculty

Part Two and Part Three Details Coming Soon!

Session 5

Monday November 1, 2021 at 8:00pm
“Effect of High-Dose Omega Fatty Acids vs Corn Oil on Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients at High Cardiovascular Risk”  The STRENGTH Randomized Clinical Trial

Case Presenter

Sydney Emerson, MD      

Moderator                                      Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD             Mary Shields, MD

University of Pennsylvania- Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Frank Silvestry, MD – Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

Course Directors

Sheldon Goldberg, MD
Sheldon Goldberg, MDPennsylvania Hospital
Daniel McCormick, DO
Daniel McCormick, DOJefferson Health System
D. Lynn Morris, MD
D. Lynn Morris, MDEastern Carolina University
William Gray, MD
William Gray, MDLankenau Heart Institute

Associate Directors

Richard Kovach, MD
Richard Kovach, MDDeborah Heart and Lung Center
Antonis Pratsos, MD
Antonis Pratsos, MDMain Line Health
Bryan Kluck, DO
Bryan Kluck, DOLehigh Valley Health Network
Muhammad Raza, MD
Muhammad Raza, MDCrozer Chester Medical Center
Michael Savage, MD
Michael Savage, MDThomas Jefferson University
Ellen Keeley, MD
Ellen Keeley, MDUniversity of Florida Gainsville
Paul Fiorilli, MD
Paul Fiorilli, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Sahil Banka, MD
Sahil Banka, MDEinstein Medical Center

Guest Faculty

J. Dawn Abbott, MD
J. Dawn Abbott, MDBrown University
Farouc Jaffer, MD
Farouc Jaffer, MDHarvard Medical School
James Goldstein, MD
James Goldstein, MDBeaumont Health
Roxana Mehran, MD
Roxana Mehran, MDMt. Sinai School of Medicine
Emmanouil Brilakis, MD
Emmanouil Brilakis, MDMinneapolis Heart Institute
James Hermiller, MD
James Hermiller, MDThe Heart Center of Indiana

Fellow Case Presenters

Christopher Lee, MD
Christopher Lee, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Karla Astorius-Gonzalez, MD
Karla Astorius-Gonzalez, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Adam Syed Hafeez, MD
Adam Syed Hafeez, MDUniversity of Florida Gainsville
Michael Bode, MD
Michael Bode, MDHarvard Medical School
Parthiv Amin, MD
Parthiv Amin, MDDeborah Heart and Lung Center
Jason Schott, DO
Jason Schott, DOBeaumont School of Medicine
Mohammad Al Sarie, MD
Mohammad Al Sarie, MDEinstein Medical Center
Morgan Randall, MD
Morgan Randall, MDUniversity of Florida
Anton Camaj, MD
Anton Camaj, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
John Lawrence, MD
John Lawrence, MDThomas Jefferson University
Yara L. Cameron, MD
Yara L. Cameron, MDEastern Carolina University
Yashasvi Chugh, MD
Yashasvi Chugh, MDMinneapolis Heart Institute
Rita Butler, MD
Rita Butler, MDLankenau Heart Institute
Adam Burow, DO
Adam Burow, DODeborah Heart and Lung Center
Rim Halaby, MD
Rim Halaby, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Kevin Ball, MD
Kevin Ball, MDSt. Vincent Hospital

Clinical Cardiology

Clinical Cardiology

Live Virtual Interactive Session with CVI’s Expert Faculty
Sunday July 24, 2022

  • 8:00am to 11:00am
  • On-demand viewing is available also!

In-Person New Cardiology Fellows CVI Meet & Greet Reception
September 2022

  • Hotel
  • Times

Clinical Cardiology


Session 6

Thursday November 11, 2021 at 8:00pm
“Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)” A Journal Club Presentation

Case Presenter

Rylie Pietrowicz, MD      

Moderator                                      Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD             Timothy Barry, MD

Cooper University Health Care – Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Joanne Mazzarelli, MD – Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

Session 7

Thursday November 18, 2021 at 8:00pm
“Can Weight Reduction Lower the Burden of Atrial Fibrillation?” A Journal Club Presentation

Case Presenter

Rushi Patel, DO

Moderator                                   Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD           Christina Al_Malouf, MD

Geisinger School of Medicine – Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Nicolas Mead, DO – Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

Session 4

Thursday October 14, 2021 at 8:00pm
The EMPEROR PRESERVED TrialA Journal Club Presentation

Case Presenter

Michael Byers, DO

Moderator                                     Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD             Yousif Al-Saiegh, MD

Lehigh Valley Health Network- Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Apurva Vyas, MD – Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

Session 3

Thursday October 7, 2021 at 8:00pm
Master DAPT TrialA Journal Club Presentation

Case Presenter

Karla Asturias Gonzalez, MD

Moderator                                        Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD                Zainab Mahmoud, MD

Main Line Health Lankenau – Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Jeanine Romanelli, MD              James Burke, MD
Cardiology Fellowship Emeritus Cardiology Fellowship
Program Director Program Director

Session 1 – On Demand Access Available – Register to View

Monday September 13, 2021 at 8:00pm 
“Successfully Navigating the Cardiology Fellowship Application Process:  A Round Table Discussion”

Cardiology Fellow Panelists
Christina Al-Malouf, MD         David Collins, MD                  Sina O’Sullivan, MD

Moderator                                    Co-Moderator
Sheldon Goldberg, MD            Jenna Spears, MD

Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine – Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Pravin Patil, MD – Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

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