We are delighted to announce that the Section of Cardiology’s application for AFC (Area of Focused Competency) for accreditation for the Interventional Cardiology fellowship has been successful and has been approved and accredited by the RCPSC. This will help the Section of Cardiology attract strong future candidates and validates the strength of the training program.
Clinical Fellowships allow trainees to obtain further skills and knowledge in various subspecialties. Traditionally there has been no accreditation for this training. In recent years, the Royal College started the AFC (area of focused competency) diploma program to allow training programs in recognized disciplines to become accredited and allow trainees to obtain Royal College diplomas.
We would also like to emphasize that this is the first accredited and approved AFC program in the PGME department at the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba!
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Basem Elbarouni, Program Director for Interventional Cardiology, who was the lead for the AFC submission.
Drs. Allan Garland and Bojan Paunovic, Section Heads Critical Care Medicine, are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marcus Blouw, as the new PGME Program Director, Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Blouw will be succeeding the current Program Director, Dr. Faisal Siddiqui effective July 1, 2017.
Marcus Blouw received his Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Respirology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Blouw provides in-patient services in both the Sections of Critical Care and Respiratory, and out-patient services in Respiratory Medicine. He is actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and serves on the PGME Education Committees for both Respirology and Critical Care, and the Quality Improvement Committee for Critical Care. Dr. Blouw is a grant recipient for ongoing joint research efforts between the Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Psychiatry.
We welcome Dr. Marcus Blouw to his new role, and thank Dr. Faisal Siddiqui for his over six-year stewardship of this important position.