The high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and worldwide diabetes epidemic has created an ever-increasing burden on the healthcare system. This calls for the creation of a new medicine subspecialty: cardiometabolic medicine. Using information from review articles listed on PubMed and professional society guidelines, the authors advocate for a cardiometabolic medicine specialization training program. The curriculum would integrate relevant knowledge and skills of cardiology and endocrinology as well as content of other disciplines essential to the optimal care of cardiometabolic patients, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science and psychology. Cardiometabolic medicine should be seen as an opportunity for life-long learning, with core concepts introduced in medical school and continuing through CME courses for practicing physicians. To improve care for complex patients with multiple co-rbidities, a paradigm shift must occur, transforming siloed education, and treatment and training to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine