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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

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S266510

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Daniel A. 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 zhitnyv@unlv.nevada.edu

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

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