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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Begins Second YearLast year, The Queen's Medical Center launched a cardiovascular fellowship program in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). After its first successful year, the fellowship has accepted two additional fellows. According to program director Robert Hong, MD, Medical Director of Queen's Heart Physician Practice and Chief of the Division of Cardiology for JABSOM, the cardiovascular fellowship program and the academic model promotes excellence in the Queen's cardiac care program and therefore improves cardiac care for the people of Hawai’i.

JABSOM serves as the sponsor of the fellowship program and provides faculty support. Queen's also provides faculty and serves as the training site. Officially called the University of Hawai’i Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, the three-year, accredited program will train cardiologists in Hawai’i and expand cardiovascular medical research in the State. It is Hawai‘i's first Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved cardiovascular fellowship training program.

The cardiovascular fellowship provides intensive training in the sub-specialty of cardiology. The rigorous curriculum is designed to develop "outstanding clinical cardiologists" who are competent practitioners capable of managing the health care of adults "using the full range of medical technological advances while maintaining unwavering professional standards, humanism, and compassion." All clinical rotations will take place at Queen's. "We did great this year," said Dr. Hong, referring to the first year of the fellowship. "Fifteen private cardiologists and eight key clinical faculty members worked together to provide excellent training to our fellows." There are already about 250 new applicants for next year. Fellows are licensed medical doctors who have completed medical school and post-graduate residency training in internal medicine. Two fellows are accepted each year, for a maximum of six.

Selected from an elite group of applicants, this year's new fellows are John Michael "Mike" Sycip Chua Chiaco, MD, and Alexander L. Pan, MD. With an estimated 51 cardiologists currently practicing in Hawai‘i—half of whom are over the age of 55—one of the program's goals is to recruit, train, and keep future cardiologists in the Hawai‘i, since 80 percent of doctors end up practicing where they trained. The cardiovascular fellowship program has also attracted top notch physicians interested in research to Queen's.

"Education and training is the tool that creates an environment where everyone works together and discusses care collaboratively," said Dr. Hong. "The fellowship provides a focus that brings all the elements together, and that reflects in the care. It's the model for the future at Queen's."

Photo caption:
(Front, l to r) new fellows John Michael Sycip Chua Chiaco, MD, Alexander Pan, MD, and second year fellows Kahealani Rivera, MD, and Sekon Won, MD. Behind are Robert Hong, MD, and Assistant Program Director Christian Spies, MD.

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