The three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology is an ACGME-accredited program designed to prepare exceptional clinicians and investigators to become active participants and leaders in academic pediatric cardiology. The clinical training is provided at Rady Children's Hospital which is part of University of California, San Diego. The program currently accepts one to two fellows each year, and has the potential for additional subspecialty training in interventional catheterization, electrophysiology, and cardiac development/genetics.
Fellows are trained through extensive experience as supervised primary caregivers for inpatients and outpatients, typically with one-on-one teaching by faculty cardiologists. Additionally, there is an established didactic conference series attended by all fellows.
Tuesdays: Echocardiography and Imaging Conference (1 hour)
Wednesdays: Catheterization Conference (1 hour)
Thursdays: Regional Patient Management and Surgical Care Conference (2 hours)
Fridays: Fellows Core Lecture Series (1 hour)
Faculty and fellows take active roles in each of these conferences, which include detailed chapter reviews of standard textbooks, frequent journal clubs and a wide range of lectures that prepare each fellow for excelling clinically as well as for the pediatric cardiology board examination. There are additional, less frequent conferences (typically once or twice monthly), including the Fellow Research Conference and Morbidity and Mortality Conference, during which fellows take an active primary role in the presentations.
Typical month by month breakdown of clinical fellow schedules:
| ||Inpatient||Cath||Noninvasive Imaging||Electrophysiology||Elective||CVICU||Research|
|Year 1|| 3|| 2|| 3|| 1|| 1|| 1||1|
|Year 2|| 3|| 2|| 2|| 1|| 1|| 1||2|
|Year 3|| 1|| 0|| 0|| 0|| 1|| 0||9|
Fellows are also involved in all aspects of outpatient care with each fellow being assigned to a half-day outpatient clinic that is attended each week during all months except for the inpatient service months. In addition, rotations through heart failure and transplant clinic, exercise physiology laboratory and pulmonary hypertension clinics are included.
The program includes 12 months of dedicated research time, which is spread out during the final two years with a wide variety of opportunities available in both clinical and basic sciences. The faculty actively participates in mentoring for these projects. The program offers flexibility in scheduling in order to maximize both clinical and research experiences for each fellow.
A specialty match run by the National Resident Matching Program fills positions in the Pediatric Cardiology Training Program. The schedule of dates can be obtained from the NRMP website
Our timetable for the application process is as follows:
- Applications and CVs will be reviewed from October -December.
- Interviews will be scheduled from January-March.
Applicants apply electronically through ERAS.
- Graduate of a medical school located in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
- Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
- Graduate of an international medical school located outside the United States and Canada who holds a current, valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and holds a full and unrestricted license in the State of California to practice medicine or has received written notification from the Medical Board of California of approval to commence training in an accredited program in this state; or
- Graduate of a medical school located outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school, and who provides evidence of compliance with the licensure laws of the State of California.
Our program requires that applicants have completed three years of an accredited general pediatric training program. All fellows must be eligible to have a California medical license when starting the fellowship.
Paul Grossfeld, MD
Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
Division of Cardiology
3020 Children's Way/MC 5004
San Diego, CA 92123
Fax: (858) 571-7903
Jose Silva Sepulveda