The goal of the Pediatric Cardiology training program is 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 8-12 months of protected research time. Upon completion of the program, the physicians will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology.

The educational objectives include learning the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis with special emphasis of auscultation and physical exam, x-ray interpretation, electrocardiography, echocardiography/Doppler studies, exercise stress testing, Holter monitoring arrhythmia management, and pre- and post-operative intensive care management of neonates and older children. Participation in over 100 catheterizations should be part of the training program as well as performance and interpretation of over 300 echo Doppler studies. Fellows will be exposed to basic science disciplines related to the heart and cardiovascular system through individual research, seminars/workshops, and laboratory experience. Fellows will also be involved in teaching residents and medical students.

In addition to the clinical training, the fellow is expected to determine a research area of interest, select a research mentor with the help of the training program director, develop a research plan, and carry out a research project or projects during the tenure of the fellowship. As a part of the research program, the fellows are expected to become adept in all aspects of academic medicine, including Journal submission to funding agencies, and research presentations, and peer review publications.