The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved a new cardiovascular disease fellowship training program at Carle Health. The three-year program will train six fellows – two per year – using immersive clinic experiences at Carle Health facilities throughout central Illinois.
While there are many fellowship trained physicians who practice at Carle, the program is the first fellowship offered at the health system. The cardiovascular disease fellowship will expand the growing Graduate Medical Education program to a total of 11 programs.
“We are very excited to offer this fellowship. This fellowship will help retain resident doctors in training and provide them not only with specialized clinical experience but also unique research opportunities. Our goal is to create a workforce of cardiology and cardiovascular subspecialists for underserved areas in central and southern Illinois. This advanced medical training means more highly skilled physicians to provide a high level of care to patients in the region,” Kim McGuire, director of medical education at Carle, said.
Only three cardiology fellowships are offered in Illinois outside the Chicago area. Internal Medicine resident physicians are eligible to apply and fine tune their skills in cardiovascular care through the fellowship.
“The fellows will work side-by-side with physicians of distinction at Carle and ask clinically impactful questions, which means cutting-edge care for the patient. Carle is in a position to offer training in advanced cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, structural interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure services and research in collaboration with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine,” Issam Moussa, MD, MBA, Carle Heart and Vascular Institute Medical Director and Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor said.
To learn more about the program, visit the cardiology fellowship web page.