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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, and Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center, 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. For six years, 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. Fellows will also participate in off-site rotations at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City and Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, which will include training in critical care, electro-physiology, echocardiography, and pediatric cardiology. 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 two cardiac surgeons who perform 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:

3 months - Catheterization Laboratory
2 months - Noninvasive
3 months - Clinical/CCU
2 months - Echocardiography
1 month - Electrophysiology (off-site rotation)
1 month - Cardiac Consultation (off-site rotation)

3 months - Catheterization Laboratory
1 month - Noninvasive
1 month - Clinical/CCU
2 months - Echocardiography
1 month - Electrophysiology (off-site rotation)
2 months - Cardiac Consultation (off-site rotation)
2 months - Elective

4 months - Catheterization Laboratory
2 months - Noninvasive
1 month - Echocardiography
2 months - Cardiac Consultation (off-site rotation)
1 month - Pediatric Cardiology (off-site rotation)
2 months - Elective

Mercy Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa
Mercy Heart Center, a service of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, offers a full spectrum of preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for the treatment of heart disease. For five years, 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 Center 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. Over the past thirteen years, 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
For more information on the Mercy Heart Center cardiology fellowship program or to receive an application, please contact:

Mitch Morrison, Director
Mercy Heart Center
1000 4th St. SW
Mason City, IA 50401
641-428-7243 or 1-800-433-3883 ext. 7243

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