Crozer-Keystone Fellowship Programs Offer Advanced Training for Physicians
- Crozer-Keystone Health System offers three challenging and fully accredited fellowship programs that provide physicians with additional training.
- The programs are in the areas of primary care sports medicine, geriatric medicine and vascular surgery.
- Fellows are chosen through an interview and application process, and must be board-eligible or certified from their residency program.
After successfully earning their medical degree and completing a residency, many physicians continue into a fellowship program for additional training in a subspecialty field. Crozer-Keystone Health System offers three challenging and fully accredited fellowship programs.
Fellowship programs offered through Crozer-Keystone are in the areas of primary care sports medicine, geriatric medicine and vascular surgery. Fellows are chosen through an interview and application process. They must be board-eligible or certified by their residency program.
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship recruits and trains the highest caliber physicians in sports medicine by providing an optimal training environment. The program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee’s standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduation Medical Education, and supports Crozer-Keystone’s academic and wellness initiatives. The program accepts candidates from family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Residents interested in the program apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Like the residency program, candidates interview for the open fellowships and then are ranked. Physicians also rank their applicants and then in the spring, candidates are electronically matched to a program. “We had approximately 40 applications this year and only had openings for two,” says Steven Collina, M.D., program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Collina explains that their program is among one of the most competitive sports medicine programs in the Northeast. “There are only 150 locations in the county that accept sports medicine fellows. The applicants are very competitive and all highly skilled in their programs. Our goal is to provide each student with a diverse sports medicine experience. We have the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, the University of Delaware, the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, several area high schools and many other varied sports activities,” Collina says.
“This is our 15th year with the fellowship program and 23 students have successfully completed the program, including myself. The fellowship program helps prepare you for a career in sports medicine at all levels,” says David Webner, M.D., associate program director.
“The continued success enjoyed by the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in the recent recruitment season is a testament to the quality of the program and the dedication of the program’s faculty. Crozer-Keystone’s state-of-the-art facilities, committed institutional support, and relationships with area varsity and professional sports teams combine to create an ideal environment for an outstanding educational program,” says Guy Hewlett, M.D., FACOG, director of Medical Education for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Geriatric Fellowship Program
Through the Geriatric Fellowship Program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, students receive a 12-month clinical experience leading to eligibility for the board examination in Geriatric Medicine. The program is accredited through the Department of Medicine at Temple University Hospital. The program is designed to train internal medicine and family medicine physicians to become clinician-educators in the field of Geriatric Medicine.
“Nationwide, 300 physicians complete a fellowship in geriatric medicine a year. Our goal is for trainees to follow through with their program and become practicing geriatricians. This is one of the largest growing populations, and it is important to have expert primary care and consultation for patients,” says William Zirker, M.D., fellowship coordinator and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Interested candidates should contact the Division of Geriatric Medicine for more information.”
Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program
The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program is in its second year of providing education and training of medical students and surgical residents from Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“It is an extremely competitive program. Residents must complete five years of general surgery training before they are accepted into the two-year program,” says Gregory Domer, M.D., fellowship coordinator and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
During the program, fellows learn to manage a wide variety of vascular diseases under the direction of the board-certified surgeons in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Crozer. Each fellow gains experience in both open vascular surgical procedures and percutaneous vascular intervention. Fellows also get concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of peripheral vascular surgery and endovascular intervention. One resident is accepted each year into the two-year program.
“Our goal is to give the fellows a better understanding of the vascular program. They have the opportunity to learn about vascular disorders, open surgical vessel treatment, reading vascular labs and interpreting studies. Their opportunities with this program are endless,” Domer says.
Hewlett says, “Like the residency program, the fellowship program defines the careers of many physicians. It is very important to match fellows who are committed to excellence and are willing to embrace our institutional values.”
For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s Fellowship Programs, visit the Crozer-Keystone website at http://www.residency.crozer.org.