CITRUS COUNTY, FL. – Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced it will add two fellowships to its Graduate Medical Education program. Accredited by the Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the new fellowship programs will train fellows in cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease.
“The newly minted pulmonary and cardiology fellowship programs in Citrus County underscore the commitment of HCA Healthcare and Citrus Memorial Hospital to the citizens of our community,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Maslak. “Citrus Memorial already has a thriving internal medicine residency program and the addition of these fellowship programs underscore the importance of our commitment to education, retention of physicians, and the advancement of medicine.”
Launching in July 2022, the three-year Cardiovascular Disease program will provide advanced training in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine to an expected nine fellows.
According to Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Director Dr. Suman Pasupuleti, the program will focus on coronary artery disease, heart failure, structural heart disease, device-based therapy and atrial fibrillation. “With this program we’ll be able to bring doctors with fresh ideas from across the country to train and recruit to serve our community,” he explained. “The cardiovascular disease fellowship training program is going to take Citrus County and Citrus Memorial Hospital to the next level not only in health care but also in training future generations of doctors.”
The two-year Pulmonary Disease program will provide six fellows with training in general and interventional pulmonology. “The fellowship program consisting of our faculty physicians and fellows will strive to provide cutting edge pulmonary care in our community,” said Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Program Director Dr. Fagun Modi. “Training pulmonary physicians locally will increase availability of pulmonary providers and provide opportunities for young doctors to work in our community.”
The program will focus on caring for patients with lung diseases including COPD, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis in both hospital and outpatient settings. Fellows will be educated on treatments for lung conditions and to perform procedures such as bronchoscopy.
The graduate medical education program at Citrus Memorial Hospital currently hosts 55 Internal Medicine residents as part of a larger GME consortium between USF Health and HCA Florida Healthcare. The consortium was developed to address Florida’s physician shortage by expanding the number of residency and fellowship positions available in the area.