Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiology Fellowship Program
welcomes Benjamin Hudson, DO
, as its newest fellow.
Hudson began his residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
in 2009 and graduated from the program in June, 2012. He then became the chief resident of Good Sam’s internal medicine residency program, caring for patients of Samaritan Internal Medicine
in Corvallis, while also caring for hospital patients.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Willamette University, and a medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
“Cardiology has been an interest of mine since medical school,” said Hudson. “It is exciting to take care of people who are very ill and have a good chance of making them better. There are numerous treatments available. I see cardiology as a field where I can really make a difference.”
The three-year Cardiology Fellowship Program strives to build competency in the field, through a combination of self-study, didactic (observational and experiential) instruction and supervised exposure to cardiac patients. Research skills and the ability to properly review the medical literature are also emphasized. The American Osteopathic Association-approved program is based at Good Sam, and is structured to ensure that fellows acquire the consulting expertise and the technical skills required of a cardiologist.
Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute now hosts four cardiology fellows – Bryon Dorgan, DO, in his third and final year of the fellowship; David Lemons, DO, and Jeremy Warner, DO, each in their second year; and Hudson.
“The program evolved quite a bit as it has ramped up,” said Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologist Matthew Lindberg, MD, who co-chairs the Cardiology Fellowship Program with Francis Celis, DO. “Cardiology fellows in the program see both inpatients and outpatients, and they are very much involved in all aspects of cardiology care delivered here. Good Sam is now staffed 24-7 with both an attending cardiologist and a cardiology fellow.”
Patients of cardiology fellows benefit not only from the extra time fellows are able to spend with each patient, but from having two experienced internist physicians engaged in their care.
“The physicians review the pertinent research studies together and consult with each other on what is best for each patient,” Lindberg said. “I think it really does add another dimension to patient care.”