Pediatric Cardiology Academic Curriculum
Pediatric Cardiology Academic Curriculum

Training in pediatric cardiology spans 36 months with 20 months of clinical rotations. Fellows will attain increasing responsibility and autonomy in clinical rotations. Clinical responsibilities increase appropriate to the level of acquired expertise during the second and third year of fellowship.

Curriculum Overview

Year 1

Fellows will spend time in Inpatient Care, Cardiology Inpatient/Consultation Service, Cardiac Intensive Care, Echocardiography, Non-invasive Imaging, and Cardiac Catheterization. Fellows will spend two days per month in Cardiology Clinic providing outpatient care under the supervision of a cardiologist mentor. Fellows will also begin a clinical research project or develop a research focus with a mentor.

Year 2

The trainee will advance their clinical knowledge with experience in the Cardiac Intensive Care, Echocardiography and Non-invasive Imaging, Cardiac Catheterization, and the Electrophysiology service. Time will also be devoted to research experience and electives tailored to the fellow's clinical and research interests.

Year 3

Fellows will focus on further development of clinical, academic, and research skills. Fellows will directly supervise the care team on daily inpatient rounds, communicate care plans with patients and families, provide clinical teaching for house staff and medical students, and provide cardiology consultation for inpatients managed by other care teams. Fellows will be exposed to advanced imaging modalities and will take on more responsibility in the planning of diagnostic and interventional procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Didactic Curriculum

Clinical exposure and mentorship are supplemented by a multitude of didactic educational offerings. Fellows attend monthly Core Curriculum conferences focus on topics such as clinical teaching tools, mentorship, and ethics. A Pediatric Cardiology Core Curriculum conference will highlight the core knowledge base in our field. Fellows will also participate in Heart Center clinical conferences such as weekly cardiac catheterization and cardiovascular surgery conferences.

Research

Fellows will spend approximately one-half of their-year training in research. Clinical or research interests will be identified and appropriate mentorship established. The emphasis in the second and third years will be to refine the research project, obtain appropriate approvals and funding and conduct research. Fellows will be expected to disseminate their research findings at local and national meetings, gaining important presentation skills and providing networking opportunities.

Academic Progress

Fellows receive regular feedback to ensure educational needs are being met. Monthly evaluations by faculty, staff, and others will be available for secure online review through a Children's Mercy web resource. Fellows meet formally with the program director at least twice annually to review rotation evaluations, procedural log books, and any other issues pertinent to successful completion of the fellowship curriculum.

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