Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Cardiology Fellowship

Program Overview
The primary goal of our fellowship program is to train individuals in clinical cardiology. To achieve that goal, the fellows commit to a three-year program that includes comprehensive cardiovascular training experiences through a variety of hospital and clinical settings. The fellowship program, developed by Mercy Heart Center / Mason City Clinic, was approved by the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists in November, 2001.

Clinical and Hospital Training
The fellowship training program is integrated with the 350-bed Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa and Mason City Clinic. Mercy-North Iowa has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hopsitals in the nation by Solucient, a health care information firm. Extensive clinical training is supported with experience in Mercy-North Iowa's cardiac medical stepdown unit, cardiovascular recovery unit, and cardiac catheterization laboratory as well as consulting and outpatient activities.  Upon completion of the fellowship, the candidate will be qualified to perform diagnostic angiography, pacemaker implantation, TEE, transthoracic echocardiography and nuclear stress testing.

Cardiologist James Reeder, D.O., serves as the fellowship program director. The physicians of the Mason City Clinic Department of Cardiology serve as faculty for the fellowship program. In addition, the comprehensive heart program includes a cardiac surgeon who performs about 300 open-heart operations annually.

Program Outline
Fellows will spend one-half day in the clinic each week of the 36-month training program, in addition to the rotations outlined below:

Year 1
2 months - Catheterization Laboratory
3 months - Echo/Nuclear/CT
4 months - Clinical/CCU
1 month - Electrophysiology
1 month - Cardiac Surgery 
1 month - Elective

Year 2
3 months - Catheterization Laboratory
2 months - Echo/Nuclear/CT
4 month - Clinical/CCU
1 month - Electrophysiology
1 month - OMM/Peripheral
1 month - Elective

Year 3
3 months - Catheterization Laboratory
2 months - Echo/Nuclear/CT
4 month - Clinical/CCU
1 month - Electrophysiology
1 month - OMM/Peripheral
1 month - Elective

Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa
Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute, a service of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, offers a full spectrum of preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for the treatment of heart disease. Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has been rated by Solucient as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation based on superior clinical, operational and financial performance.

Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute serves a 16-county area and has performed more than 3,600 open-heart surgeries and 15,000 cardiac cath lab procedures since opening in 1989. Numerous services have been added to complement the care provided. Some of these include:

  • Mobile echocardiography and vascular studies,
  • Phase III cardiac rehab,
  • Change of Heart,
  • transesophageal and stress echocardiography,
  • cardiovascular outreach clinics,
  • teletransphonics EKG's,
  • ventricular assist device,
  • coronary stenting,
  • brachytherapy,
  • off-pump cardiac surgery,
  • enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP),
  • Heart-line to Health outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program
  • Mercy Air Life providing rapid air transport for the critically ill.

Application Information
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For more information on the Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute cardiology fellowship program, please contact:

Sue Theobald, Program Coordinator
Mercy Heart Center
1000 4th St. SW
Mason City, IA 50401
641-428-7138 or 1-800-433-3883 ext. 7138