skills academy

The DICET Skills Academy is a collection of hands-on educational workshops for cardiovascular professionals, primarily offered in the MITIESM virtual hospital. The Skills Academy serves a wide spectrum of health care providers, including medical students, nurses, allied health care providers and physicians of all levels of experience who want to learn new cardiovascular procedures and techniques.

The hands-on training provided by the Skills Academy consists of courses that are customized to the needs of the learner. A variety of models and simulators are used to teach numerous techniques in the vascular, cardiothoracic and cardiology arenas.

Skills Workshops Available

Vascular Workshops
  • Lower extremity artery exposures
  • Upper extremity arterial exposures
  • Carotid techniques
  • Dialysis access
  • Thoracic aortic exposures
  • Visceral/renal techniques
  • Venous access
  • Vascular access
  • IVC filter implantation and retrieval
  • Placement of tunnel catheters, laparoscopic peritoneal dialysis catheter placement

 Cardiothoracic Workshops
  • MICS CABG - Sternal sparing exposure, LIMA harvest, aortic proximal techniques, multi-vessel bypass
  • Robotic LIMA takedown, CABG techniques, TECAB with anastomotic devices
  • MICS cannulation and instruments
  • Mitral valve: MICS mitral exposure and MICS mitral repair
  • Aortic valve - MICS aortic exposure and MICS aortic valve replacement (AVR)
  • Mini-thoracotomy and mini-sternotomy
  • Transcatheter AVR
  • 3-D acquisition
  • Hybrid operative procedures
  • Echocardiography for cardiac surgeons

 Cardiology Workshops
  • 3-D echocardiography and 2-D/Doppler quantitation
  • TEE/TTE simulation
  • 2D/Doppler quantitation of cardiac chamber volumes
  • Quantitative measurement of LV function and flows
  • CT coronary angiography and calcium score
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Pacemaker/ICD programming
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Hemodynamics
  • Basics of intervention

DICET Courses Offering Skills Workshops

  • Cardiovascular Fellows’ Bootcamp
  • Cardiovascular Fellows’ Finishing School 
  • Cardiovascular Pre-Intern Training 
  • Multi-Modality Cardiovascular Imaging for the Clinician 
  • EMS Bootcamp: Managing Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Hybrid Rooms & Hybrid Procedures
  • Southwest Valve Summit
  • Vascular Surgery Training Association of Houston (VaSTAH)