New cardiovascular residency approved

A new residency program designed to train cardiovascular specialists at the School of Medicine has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Slightly shorter than most eight- to 10-year residency programs that train cardiothoracic surgeons, the new program focuses on interdisciplinary training and emphasizes cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

The unique curriculum designed for the residency, known as the Norman E. Shumway Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, includes rotations in interventional radiology, interventional cardiology and endovascular surgery. It will train residents in traditional open surgery and new, less invasive approaches, wrote Michael Fischbein, MD, acting assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery, in an application to the council.

The new eight-year program also can include two years of research during that time.

One candidate will be accepted into the program annually following graduation in July 2008.