We accept one fellow per year. The general pediatric radiology fellows occasionally overlap when they do two-week blocks of cardiac imaging. The pediatric cardiology fellowship program also has an advanced imaging fellow who may rotate through cardiac MRI during the fellowship year.
Occasionally rotating radiology residents request one-week electives in cardiac imaging. Having additional rotators allows the cardiac fellow to teach and mentor their juniors, providing another way to practice and solidify what they’ve learned.
The majority of teaching occurs during the performance of imaging studies and during read-out. The fellow is expected to research each patient prior to the start of the procedure, to review all pertinent prior imaging studies, and to understand the goals for the procedure and any alternatives or unique aspects to the procedure.
The cardiac fellow also participates in fellow-level conferences with the general pediatric radiology fellows and in Fellows’ College activities, which are organized and sponsored by the Pediatric Fellowship Program Directors group, which serves all of the pediatric medical subspecialty fellowships by providing lectures and workshops on research, mentoring, job searching and other general topics.
In the first month of fellowship, the cardiac imaging fellow also participates in lectures for the cardiology fellows on basics of cardiac anatomy and physiology. A weekly cardiac imaging conference is organized by the cardiac imaging section and includes didactic lectures, research presentations and protocol workshops.
Weekly Didactic Lectures
- Echocardiography conference
- MRI conference
- Fetal cardiology conference
- Fetal multidisciplinary conference
- Pediatric cardiology fellows’ core conference
- Quality Improvement Review
The fellow will perform one to two clinical research projects in the form of an abstract and/or the publication of a manuscript. Fellows are expected to submit their abstract to the Society for Pediatric Radiology annual meeting. Accepted abstracts will be presented by the fellow, with meeting and travel expenses paid by the department.