|The full-time fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) provides training for internal medicine residency graduates planning careers in clinical and academic cardiology. |
The program also offers a special clinical investigator track that allows prospective fellows to obtain an MPH degree over a four-year training period. The program curriculum covers all aspects of noninvasive and invasive clinical cardiology and offers substantial academic opportunities for teaching and research. Clinical conferences, grand rounds, research seminars and journal clubs supplement the core clinical teaching.
As a regional tertiary care facility, GMC serves as a resource to hospitals and health care providers throughout Central and Northern Pennsylvania (40 counties). In its role as an academic medical center, GMC is a significant contributor to ongoing research in the field of cardiology as well as many other areas of medical science. Unique cardiac research programs at GMC include the areas of advanced non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, cardiac epidemiology, outcomes and decision-analysis, therapeutic catheterization and devices, echocardiography, electrophysiology and cardiovascular genomics. The Department of Cardiology participates in many single and multi-center trials, and opportunities for gaining experience in basic cardiovascular molecular techniques exist at the Sigfried and Janet Weis Center for Research.
The program was initiated in 1974 and currently accepts four fellows per year with extended time available for training in specific laboratory sections and basic cardiovascular research. To date, 75 physicians have completed the program and are now engaged in practice of cardiovascular diseases in private, teaching hospital and university settings.
The Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases is a comprehensive and intensive program during which fellows will be expected to:
- achieve clinical excellence in the diagnosis and management of a broad range of cardiovascular disorders
- gain complete familiarity with the diagnostic techniques and imaging equipments that are essential to current cardiology practice
- understand the underlying pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease
- acquire the knowledge and experience for certification by the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease
- participate in scholarly educational and research activities