Back to Journals » Vascular Health and Risk Management » Volume 16

Cardiology Fellow Diagnostic Accuracy and Data Interpretation Outcomes: A Review of the Current Literature

Authors Zhitny V, Iftekhar N, Alexander L, Ahsan C

Received 29 June 2020

Accepted for publication 29 September 2020

Published 19 October 2020 Volume 2020:16 Pages 429—435


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Daniel Duprez

Vladislav Zhitny,1 Noama Iftekhar,2 Luzviminda Alexander,1,3 Chowhdury Ahsan1,3

1School of Medicine, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA; 2Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA; 3Department of Cardiology, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Correspondence: Vladislav Zhitny Email [email protected]

Background: Cardiology fellows, in particular, are in a unique position to mold the new cardiovascular workforce, especially in terms of risk prevention. There is a growing need for the cardiovascular workforce. In the United States, one person dies every forty-two seconds due to a cardiovascular adverse event.
Methods: A PRISMA systematic review included comprehensive search of the MED-LINE database (PubMed) from 1927 to 2020 – the oldest to newest available literature on the subject available through PubMed.
Results: Fifty-seven cardiology fellows together interpreted a total of 1719 EKGs with a correct rate of 52%. Sixty-four fellows completed a total of 1363 echocardiography interpretations with an accuracy rate of nearly 75%.
Conclusion: Based on the studies discussed, it is evident that a cardiology fellow, particularly in their early years of training, may be limited due to a lack of experience. With continued EKG and echocardiogram interpretation, as well as other clinical skills practice, fellows can improve their diagnostic accuracy and procedural efficiency.

Keywords: cardiology fellow, cardiology outcomes, data interpretation, patient outcomes

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]