Fellowship

Educational Activities

The fellowship program offers broad and diverse educational activities which include the following:

Fellow lectures

Weekly, hour-long didactic sessions cover ABP subspecialty board-specific topics. Most lectures are led by pediatric cardiology faculty with some lectures covered by faculty from other applicable subspecialties, including biostatistics, ethics, billing/coding among others. Lectures are designed to foster a collaborative learning environment for both trainees and faculty. All lectures are covered in 18 months so each fellow will have an opportunity to attend all topics. Upper-level fellows will present some lectures as well.

Journal club

A traditional monthly journal club is held. The meeting is led by both a fellow and faculty member. Fellows will review a selected, high-impact journal on a pediatric cardiology topic. The assigned fellow will first review the article and then present a short up-to-date review of the topic covered. The fellow will also critique the manuscript based on evidence-based medicine and scientific method principles. A faculty member will be assigned to provide additional insight and feedback during the conference.

Morbidity and mortality

A monthly Children's Heart Center M&M is held. The meeting is led by fellows and cardiac NPs. The conferences review previous deaths and major events in the CICU. Fellows begin presenting in the second half of their first year with the help of an attending physician and NP.

Cardiothoracic surgery conference

Weekly conferences are held with the Children's Heart Center and pediatric critical care teams to discuss the week's upcoming surgical cases. Cardiologists also present patients for discussion of surgical management options. The conference offers extensive education in surgical treatment of congenital heart disease, echocardiography/non-invasive imaging, heart catheterization and complex cardiac anatomy.

Cath conference

Weekly conferences are held with Children's Heart Center and pediatric critical care teams to discuss the week's upcoming cases. Cardiologists also present patients for discussion of percutaneous management options. The conference offers extensive education in percutaneous treatment of congenital heart disease, cardiac hemodynamics, echocardiography/non-invasive imaging, and complex cardiac anatomy.

ICU case conference

Weekly conference to discuss patients in the CICU. Topics include current status and management decisions. The conference is designed to teach critical decision making and develop consistency between various members of the care team.

Multidisciplinary rounds

Weekly meeting with social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and nutrition to ensure all needs of our inpatients are being addressed.