Groundbreaking consensus: pediatric cardiology training recommendations

(BETHESDA, MD) The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have joined forces to develop important first-ever recommendations for fellowship training in pediatric cardiology. Directors of pediatric cardiology fellowship training will now have the ACCF/AHA/ACP Recommendations for Training in Pediatric Cardiology to ensure that fellows in training acquire the skills necessary to provide the best possible care for children with heart disease.

"Pediatric cardiology is complex and multifaceted, composed of different clinical and academic subspecialties that are growing rapidly. The information and knowledge to be absorbed is also growing rapidly. This is why we felt it was so important to define the training needed for a successful career," said Thomas P. Graham Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., chair of the writing committee.

In addition to general pediatric cardiology, the recommendations identify "core" and "advanced" training guidelines. Core recommendations are intended to be common training experiences for all pediatric cardiology trainees regardless of long-term career goals. Advanced recommendations are additional training experiences for trainees intending to develop a clinical or academic area of special competence in pediatric cardiology.

The proposed guidelines make a point of urging pediatric cardiology fellows to pursue the ongoing self-education that this complex specialty demands and stress the importance of continuing investigative research, ideally throughout their entire careers.

Written by top experts in pediatric cardiology, the document lists training requirements in the following areas, each with its own task force: general pediatric cardiology (including inpatient care and consultations); echocardiography and noninvasive imaging; electrophysiology; cardiac catheterization and intervention; cardiac intensive care; adult co

Contact: Amy Murphy
American College of Cardiology

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