Clinical Training Experience
Trainees will be involved in all pediatric procedures performed during their 12 month fellowship. They will gain a broad experience in interventional work which will include first-hand experience with dilation techniques (valvuloplasty, angioplasty, atrial septostomy/atrial decompression) closure techniques (patent ductus arteriosus, atrial and ventricular septal defect, collaterals), pericardiocentesis and, when possible, stent and transcatheter valve placement. The trainee will also participate in counseling of patients and families with respect to the indications for the procedure, procedural details along with potential risks and complications and post catheterization results. They will be expected to participate in pre-procedure planning and discussion along with the core cardiology trainees. In addition, the fellow will assist in the learning of the junior core trainees during their rotation through the cath lab. The fellow will be expected to participate in scheduled educational sessions which may include weekly rounds, monthly core curriculum lectures or National Pediatric Cardiology Rounds.
Trainees will be supervised by the attending interventional cardiology staff physicians. This includes pre and post-procedural management of patients, as well as hands on supervision during procedures. Progressive, increasingly independent responsibility in performing procedures and patient management decisions will be given depending on the ability of the trainee, but still under the direction of the staff.