In 2010, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education successfully integrated a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship into our existing Graduate Medical Education offerings. Much like our residencies, the Cardiovascular Disease fellows train in community-based settings, while immersing them in a variety of organizational cultures, electronic medical record systems and various team dynamics. Led by Program Director Samir Pancholy, MD, this fellowship is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Over the course of their three years in the program, fellows train one-on-one with globally and nationally recognized, board-certified cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Under our distinguished faculty’s guidance, our fellows acquire and hone the knowledge and skills needed to provide state-of-the-art cardiac care, all while advancing the discipline through their own research projects and practice.
Our regional training environments include the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Commonwealth Health System and Geisinger Community Medical Center, and rotations include cardiac consultation, cardiac care unit, electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, cardiovascular surgery and research. Elective time is allocated to fulfill desired Core Cardiology Training Symposium (COCATS) requirements. The majority of fellows in this program finish with board certification in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.
As of June 2018, the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship has graduated 19 fellows. Eight (42 percent) of these graduates have been successfully placed in electrophysiology, interventional cardiology or advanced heart failure and transplantation. Our class of 2018 had a 100% placement rate in fellows’ desired placement; three of four graduates attained fellowship positions in interventional cardiology, one of the most competitive sub-specialty fellowships. This Fellowship plays an integral role in creating a pipeline for physician renewal in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the majority of our graduates have chosen to care for patients in private practice or within one of the various regional hospital systems, fulfilling one of the program’s primary goals.
In 2018, our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship received an ACGME 6-Year Continued Accreditation. With this accreditation, our program will now transition to the Next Accreditation System (NAS) with a Self-Study Visit to occur in 2019.
Our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship recently received a ACGME 6-Year Continued Accreditation. With this accreditation, our program will now transition to the Next Accreditation System (NAS) with a Self-Study Visit to occur in 2019.
Samir Pancholy, MD
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