The pediatric cardiology faculty plays an active role in the teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, ultrasound students, and adult cardiology trainees. The program has an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program that has trained more than 60 pediatric cardiologists and currently is training eight categorical fellows. In addition, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees form part of the cardiovascular research programs of the cardiology division and the Heart Institute.
A team of cardiologists participated in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine second-year medical student cardiovascular course on congenital heart disease, giving lectures and providing a hands-on workshop. In addition, the Heart Institute and the cardiology division continue to host the annual Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology. This highly successful educational program brings attendees from all over the world to learn from field-leading experts, in a unique multi-modality, multi-disciplinary learning experience (combining embryology/development, pathology specimen examination, 3D imaging, catheter-based and surgical treatment) and to experience the world-renowned Frank E. Sherman and Cora C. Lenox Heart Museum.
Cardiology fellows presented abstracts at numerous regional and national meetings. To meet the ever-growing need for expertise in adult congenital heart disease care, the program has successfully implemented the adult congenital heart disease fellowship program curriculum, with the successful graduation of the inaugural fellow in 2015, Lan Nguyen, who has joined the UPMC adult congenital heart disease program as a faculty member. The graduating fellows continue to achieve national recognition with advanced fellowship and faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, including Mayo Clinic, University of Michigan, Medical University of South Carolina, and Harvard-Boston Children’s Hospital. The cardiology division continues to train the next generation and impart the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh expertise across the country.
Finally, 2017 marked the 27th anniversary for the Bill Neches Heart Camp. Under the leadership of the medical directors, Linda Russo and Susan Miller, this highly successful camp gives Heart Institute patients, children, and young adults the opportunity to get together and share in their successes.