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Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for patients of any age with congenital heart disease, and children with acquired heart disease. The use of state-of-the-art technologies for diagnosis and treatment, including advanced imaging, and non invasive and minimally invasive interventional procedures, and our nationally recognized faculty are key to our program’s success in training outstanding pediatric cardiologists.

Program Description

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at MUSC is a three year program that has been accredited by the ACGME since 1970 and supported by a Training Grant from the NIH since 1994. The goal of the pediatric cardiology fellowship training program is to train our fellows to become the leaders of tomorrow in the areas of patient care, teaching, and research. In order to achieve these goals, trainees dedicate the initial portion of their training, approximately 18 months, to building their skills in general clinical pediatric cardiology. Subsequent specialized clinical and/or basic research and clinical training is determined by the trainee’s individual goals. Many trainees will require a fourth year of subspecialty training to meet their goals, and several mechanisms are available to support advanced training. At the conclusion of the pediatric cardiology fellowship, trainees will have acquired and successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become valued and productive members of the academic pediatric cardiology community.

Our fellows have a strong record of academic productivity in the area of clinical research. Over the past five years (2010-2015), current and former fellows of our program have secured a number of national honors that attest to their excellence. These honors include:

  • Five fellows have obtained grant funding to further their careers in clinical research at MUSC: from the NIH, the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography and Leducq Foundation
  • Seven fellows have completed, or will finish this year, a Masters of Science in Clinical Research
  • Six fellows have obtained grants from the NIH as part of the highly competitive NIH Loan Repayment Program, which rewards fellows who dedicate their careers to academics
  • Five fellows have been selected finalists at Young Investigator Competitions, and have been invited to present their research at National Meetings
  • On six occasions, our fellows have been awarded Travel Grants by national societies to attend their meetings across the country

The program’s success is indicative of the highly supportive academic environment, rich in mentorship and the spirit of scientific enquiry. Training is provided in all areas of pediatric cardiology at the Children's Heart Center of South Carolina including:

  • Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Echocardiography and Non-Invasive Imaging (CT and MRI)
  • Inpatient Service
  • Electrophysiology
  • Outpatient Cardiology
  • Transplant and Heart Failure
  • Adolescent and Adult with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Research
  • Conferences
  • On-Call Experience
  • Independent Reading and Studying
  • Discussion and Interaction with faculty and other fellows
  • Extramural Conferences and Training Programs
 
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