General Description

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) offers an ACGME accredited 3-year fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology. It is the intent of the Pediatric Cardiology training program to develop academic physicians well trained and able to practice in a competent and independent fashion as pediatric cardiologists.

This training is achieved through

a) supervised clinical work with increasing responsibility for outpatients and inpatients and
b) supervised experience in non-invasive and invasive cardiology and
c) a structured and mentored research experience with a minimum of 12 months of protected research time.

Physicians completing the program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology.

The three-year training program is based primarily at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Fellows will rotate to Adult Congenital Heart Clinics at Heart Clinic Arkansas and general cardiology regional clinics throughout the state. Opportunities for research are provided at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS.

The curriculum provides clinical rotations and protected research time during the 36 month fellowship. Clinical rotations include the ECHO lab, cardiac catheterization laboratory, in-patient ward service, cardiovascular ICU, consultation service, CV OR, exercise lab and specialty clinics and outpatient clinics. Eight to twelve months of protected research time is available and is based on individual productivity and needs.

The Place

The UAMS College of Medicine sponsors thirty-eight fellowship programs. Each of these programs is housed in a clinical department under the direction of the program director and the departmental chair. The College of Medicine and each residency program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through the Institutional Review Committee and the Residency Review Committees (RRCs) respectively. The College of Medicine is committed to complying with the Institutional Requirements of the ACGME.

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology is located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), a 320 bed tertiary care facility that is the only free standing pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas. Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinics are held at the Heart Center of Arkansas.