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First Fellow Chosen for Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in Sioux Falls

Feb 22, 2017 08:30PM ● Published by MED Magazine

Shenjing Li, MD, PhD, a third year Cardiovascular Disease Program Fellow at Sanford is set to be the first person to enter Sanford Heart Hospital and the USD Sanford School of Medicine’s new interventional Cardiology fellowship program. The program, which will begin in July, has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and will train one new interventional cardiologist a year.
 
“This is the most elite and competitive fellowship in cardiology,” says program director Adam Stys, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Sanford. “This is why we focus on only one fellow and train that person very well,”
 
Fellowship training will include area such as coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures including percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, stent placement, intravascular ultrasound, fractional flow reserve, percutaneous valve implantation and repair as well as ASD closure procedures.
 
One of just 147 ACGME-approved interventional cardiology fellowship programs nationwide, the one-year-long Sanford program is already attracting plenty of attention. Stys says more than 70 people have applied to fill the single 2018 spot.
 
“One good thing about our program is that is just just one year long,” says Dr. Stys. “We are able to do this here because of the high volume and our high density of interventional procedures.”
 
Dr. Li will graduate from Sanford’s Cardiovascular Fellowship Program in June. That three-year program was established in 2012 and accepts two new fellows each year for a total of six in the program. Admission to that program has also been highly competitive with more than 300 applicants each year.
 
“We are very proud of our first batch of fellows who were national champions in the American College of Cardiology Jeopardy competition,” says Dr. Stys. “This speaks to the quality of our program. Everyone in the cardiology world knows us now.”
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