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So we had a class meeting today and had a card speak. She said that a 5 year direct match from med school program is being developed. In about a year, she said 6 pilot programs will start.
 

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Interesting. . . this would be for 2009 or 2010? Which programs?
 

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Do you think people will be willing to let go of their IM board certification? This could be interesting.
 
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Do you think people will be willing to let go of their IM board certification? This could be interesting.

why not? Many cardiologists don't renew their IM board certification.
 

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more info? any contact to discuss this with for more info / programs offering? As mentioned 2009? 2010?
 

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Do you think people will be willing to let go of their IM board certification? This could be interesting.

One would still be Internal Medicine 'board eligible' after just 2 years of IM. American Board of Internal Medicine, which administers the certifying exam for medicine subspecialties including cardiology, requires board certification in Internal Medicine prior to being able to become board certified in a subspecialty. I agree, many/most cardiologists (or other subspecialists of medicine) would be unlikely to re-cert in IM after 10 years and would likley do so only in their chosen field. Initial certification in IM would still be a prerequisite for board certification in cardiology.
 

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So we had a class meeting today and had a card speak. She said that a 5 year direct match from med school program is being developed. In about a year, she said 6 pilot programs will start.

There are some serious heavyweights behind the movement of creating a "fast-track" 5 year combined IM & Cardiolgoy fellowship training program. Perhaps the most notable advocate of this strategy is Valentin Fuster, who I recollect wrote a consensus opinion published in JACC (I think). Just from my rusty memory, it also proposed Cardiology as a seprate specialty, no longer under the umbrella of IM (therefore making boarding in IM irrelevant). It will be (and continues to be) a hard sell for Internal Medicine departments to buy into.

The principle motive for this "fast-track" movement is to train more GENERAL cardiologists, as generalists are in short supply and subspecialists (such as intverventionalists, EP, etc.) are plentiful. There is some talk about such fast-track programs securing an up-front commitment of a general cardiology trajectory. I don't think you can sell that. All cardiology fellows should be free to choose further subspecialty training if they desire. So far, to my knowledge, the "fast-track" concept has yet to gain any momentum.
 

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Nice, I hope they get this fast-track program going soon so I can apply.
 
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