By Christine Davis
Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for its first university-sponsored fellowship. Launching this summer and to be based at the Delray Medical Center, the FAU Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship will be a member of the FAU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Consortium. A subspecialty of internal medicine, it will complement the existing residency programs at the university.
Dr. Brijeshwar S. Maini, the regional medical director of interventional cardiology and transcatheter therapy at the medical center and a professor at the university’s Department of Integrated Medical Science, is the new fellowship program director. Dr. Sachin S. Sule, the university’s internal medicine residency program director and an associate professor of integrated medical science, will supervise and guide to ensure compliance with accreditation standards.
Cardiology fellows will have the opportunity to train alongside top physicians and other clinicians in the field.
Delray Medical Center announced in January that it had received the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades. It is one out of four hospitals in the country that have achieved the award for 16 straight years, placing it in the top 5 percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades is an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
Optimistic Medicine Studio Boca, formerly WOW Health, celebrated its one-year anniversary and its 1,000 clients and monthly members with a grand reopening in February, showcasing Optimistic Medicine Studio Boca’s new facilities and services.
To combat the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County, Palm Healthcare Foundation in partnership with Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, Hanley Foundation and the Town of Palm Beach United Way brought in the Rapid Results Institute, an international nonprofit organization that pioneered the use of 100-day challenges.
Thirty Palm Beach County nonprofits, health organizations, law enforcement agencies, businesses and governments joined the effort to provide a system that connects anyone with an opioid use disorder to appropriate services. The 100 days of the challenge started Feb. 12.
Components of this effort include scholarship beds and treatment for indigent people in certified recovery residences, peer specialists at four hospitals to work with people brought in after overdoses, and recovery navigators paired with people leaving treatment centers to prevent relapse and support their continued recovery at certified residences.
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