Oct 5, 2011

Sanford School of Medicine approved for Cardiovascular Fellowship

Sanford Heart Hospital Cardiologists to Lead Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a Cardiovascular Fellowship - two specialist training spots per year – for the three year program.

This new program is one of just 187 Cardiovascular Fellowships approved for development in the United States and addresses a critical health care need in South Dakota. Fellows selected for the Sanford School of Medicine program will receive education and training from faculty that has more than 130 years of combined teaching experience, including Sanford Health cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.

“Sanford Health cardiologists look forward to guiding this important fellowship,” stated Adam Stys, MD, interventional cardiologist with Sanford, who is the Program Director. “These cardiovascular fellows will be among the best trained in the world. For our patients, this will strengthen the already internationally recognized cardiovascular program at Sanford. Our cardiologists will be stimulated to teach and stay on or ahead of cutting edge in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “

Scheduled to begin July 1, 2012, the program requires three full years of commitment for two fellows per year. Fellowship training will include rotations in areas such as cardiac catheterization lab, coronary critical care, electrophysiology, non-invasive cardiac evaluations, cardiac research and others. The rotations will occur primarily at Sanford Heart Hospital, with some rotations at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. This very competitive training program will result in release of two board eligible cardiologists yearly.

For more information, please visit the Sanford School of Medicine website at www.usd.edu/med or email med@usd.edu.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctor’s for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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