Navigation Links
SCAI Announces New Program to Support Interventional Cardiology Training Fellowships
Date:12/17/2007

Grants Aim to Facilitate the Training of Interventional Cardiologists to

Treat Growing Population of Cardiovascular Patients

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A new program launched today by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) will help accredited physician training programs to fund approved training positions, thereby expanding the number of interventional cardiologists trained to care for a steadily increasing number of cardiovascular patients. The SCAI Interventional Cardiology Fellows-in-Training Grant Program will help pay the salary and benefits for physicians specializing in interventional cardiology. This innovative, multi-year, multi-million dollar program, funded by generous grants from the Boston Scientific Foundation and the Cordis Cardiac and Vascular Institute, will sponsor fellows-in-training based on the quality of their training programs and their need for support.

Each year, approximately 15 percent of interventional cardiology training slots at accredited U.S. academic medical centers go unfilled because in many cases universities lack the financial resources to fund all of the positions approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

"As a result, the American health care system is producing fewer highly trained interventional cardiologists than we will need as the population ages, especially as cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity," says Dr. Joseph Babb, an SCAI Past President and Chair of the SCAI committee that will administer the fellowship grants. "This new program represents a real investment in the future of medical education by SCAI, the Boston Scientific Foundation, and the Cordis Cardiac and Vascular Institute."

Starting immediately, SCAI will accept applications for support from ACGME-accredited interventional cardiology training programs. An SCAI committee of interventional cardiology leaders will evaluate applications based on the training programs' proven track record for producing the highest-quality interventionalists and a demonstrated need for financial support. Grant monies will be distributed by SCAI and may be used only to pay for salaries and benefits for newly enrolled interventional cardiology fellows-in-training at the SCAI-selected institutions.

"The committee has established a set of metrics that considers, among other things, whether the program has optimal faculty-to-fellow ratios for learning, appropriately credentialed faculty, and a balance between broad-based clinical training, mentorship, and research training," says Dr. Babb. "We view this as essential to ensuring that the next generation of interventionalists is prepared to deliver the best possible care to future patients."

Although Boston Scientific and Cordis Corporation have supported fellow training for years, the SCAI Interventional Cardiology Fellows-in-Training Grant Program represents a new approach to both companies' investment in medical education. Both companies will support interventional cardiology fellowship grants through the new SCAI program.

"Boston Scientific is pleased to be able to advance medical education in this critical field. We believe that SCAI's program will ultimately produce a cadre of highly trained interventionalists prepared to be leaders in patient care and research innovation," says Donald S. Baim, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Cordis agrees. According to David Kandzari, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, Chief Medical Officer, Cordis Corporation, "Support for education and training of our next generation of interventional cardiologists has been a long-standing commitment for Cordis. We are especially pleased that the Cordis Cardiac and Vascular Institute has an opportunity to invest in this program led by SCAI. We believe that a medical society, like SCAI, is in an ideal position to evaluate and provide guardianship for these important programs."

About SCAI

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's annual meeting has become the leading venue for education, discussion, and debate about the latest developments in this dynamic medical specialty.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. HHS Announces $75 Million in Supplemental Funding to States for Pandemic Flu Preparedness
2. CRC Health Group Announces Acquisition of Bayside Marin Recovery Center, San Rafael
3. UHW Announces: Antelope Valley Hospital Caregivers and Board Vote to Ratify First Union Contract With SEIU UHW-West
4. HEI, Inc. Announces Sale of RFID Division Assets
5. Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Announces FDA Approval to Market Generic Version of Zyloprim(R)
6. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
7. Z Trim Announces Revocation of Gregory Halpern Severence Agreement
8. Brooke Franchise Corporation Announces Selected July Results
9. Manor Care, Inc. Announces Record Date for Special Stockholder Meeting
10. Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Announces FDA Approval to Market Generic Version of Adipex-P(R)
11. Planet Technologies Announces Agreement to Acquire Antigen Laboratories
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... Robins ... Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma, on Feb. 21. , The celebration began with a ... members, clinic employees, the construction team and tribal leadership. , Choctaw Nation ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... ... Doctors on Liens has announced the addition of Mendonca Spine Care Center ... network of doctors in Central and Northern California. Dr. Mendonca specializes in personal injury ... pain, neck pain, hip and knee pain, and headaches. Specializing in non-surgical, spinal ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... Ray Insurance Agencies, a Dallas area firm providing ... is embarking on a six month charity event aimed at raising local support and ... is one of the deadliest diseases in America; more than 7.5 million people die ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... announced the further expansion of its eHealth App xChange™, providing clinical researchers ... of Bioclinica’s extensive and growing eHealth platform. Applications that enable patient-centered clinical ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... with over 50,000 participants. The connected care demonstration spanned multiple health information ... National Coordinator, roughly 30% of providers have no Health Information Exchange outside of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/21/2017)... 21, 2017 Mass Spectrometer Market: Overview ... This report on mass spectrometer ... prospects of the market globally. The stakeholders of ... the manufacture and commercialization of various mass spectrometer ... planning to enter this market. This report comprises ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... -- Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX ) (the "Company") today ... of a quarterly cash dividend to its shareholders, the first ... payable on April 14, 2017 to shareholders of record as ... The board of directors intends for the Company ... holders of its common stock, representing a planned annual dividend ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... Feb. 21, 2017  Global health services company Cigna ... ® for breast reconstruction surgery and Dermacell ... an advanced acellular dermal matrix developed by LifeNet Health ... NVDQ ) "We are proud ... health-care payers to review the growing base of evidentiary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: