About the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Program
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowship program at The University of Mississippi Medical Center is one of the first ACHD training programs in the country, with continuous ACGME accreditation since 2016.
The goals of the program are:
- To produce well-rounded adult congenital cardiologists who are exceptional clinicians
- To develop physician-scientists who can advance the field of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
- To create future leaders in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
The mission of the program is to prepare trainees for careers in academic Adult Congenital Heart Disease. We accomplish this through a two-year program that balances extensive clinical exposure to a broad spectrum of congenital and acquired heart defects and cardiac arrhythmias with time spent in mentored research. Fellows have the option of pursuing additional electives and imaging training during the ACHD fellowship that would result in COCATS certification in CT, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiac MRI.
Two pathways of the core curriculum exist depending on the applicant's previous training. This is to sufficiently involve physicians from adult general cardiology programs to pediatric management of these complex patients. Conversely, the pathway for the pediatric-trained cardiologist involves exposure to acquired cardiac conditions typically seen in adult populations.