The Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors 

Promote, maintain, and pursue excellence in the training of pediatric cardiologists.



The Latest: What's Going On? 

May 21, 2020

The sessions on vascular rings, acute heart failure management, and adult coarctation have been posted in the fellow resources section.  Additionally, the links for today and 5/28 have been updated.  

Additionally, we have reached out to division chiefs across the country soliciting open positions for 2020 and will be updating our jobs board as we receive information.

May 19, 2020

The PC-NES schedule through May has been updated to the right.  Also, please register for the special PC-NES session on 5/26 looking behind the scenes of the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial:

May 14, 2020

Leo Liberman of Morgan Stanley Children's-Columbia Presbyterian offers a one-day board review course for senior fellows.  Typically local, because it is via Zoom, he is opening it up to all those interested.  Please see his message below.


Senior fellows,

We had a Board Review course day for our Pediatric Cardiology fellows every June of the Board exam year for many years. Since this year it will be given by Zoom, we are opening it up to any fellow that wants to participate. 

It will be on Monday, June 8 all day from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Easter time) and it will consist of lectures given by our faculty to review different sections for the Pediatric Cardiology Board exam (Cath, Transplant, PHTN, EP, echo, etc).

Obviously there is no cost to register. If you are interested, send me an e-mail to

Please write "Board review" in the subject section and in the text write your institution and year of fellowship. If you finished fellowship, write attending.

Hope you can join and take advantages of this opportunity. 

Stay safe.



May 12, 2020

Lots of updates!

- Dr. Balaji's review of intracardiac electrograms is now available for review

- This week's schedule has been updated with Zoom info for Thursday, May 14 - "Management of Acute Heart Failure in Children"

- Reminder: please make plans to join us for a special PC-NES session on May 26th 

“The SVR Trial: History, Study Design, Results and Lessons Learned”

A Special Educational Symposium Sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors

Register in advance for this webinar by clicking here

- Please join us for the special Congenital Heart Academy webinar on HLHS has been added - see below, and please register by clicking here

- The CHA's last webinar, Isomerism and Heterotaxy: Update 2020, has been uploaded to their YouTube channel

May 7, 2020

Dr. Berger's talk on the prevention of pediatric sudden cardiac death has been posted.  For those fellows with an interest in advocacy or public health, this is a great place to get started!

As a reminder, if you are a fellow, please complete the session evaluations at the end of each PC-NES talk - it's REALLY short, and quite helpful.

May 6, 2020

Did you know... Progress in Pediatric Cardiology is the official journal of the SPCTPD and welcomes fellow submissions?  See the Resources section for more info.

May 5, 2020

Dr. Robinson's talk on the physical exam and Dr. Tannous' talk on invasive hemodynamics are now posted.  Additionally, the Zoom info for the special session on May 26th reviewing the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial is being modified; please disregard old info and watch for the update in the coming days.

Additionally, evaluation links will be posted on the PC-NES schedule to the right and will remain active for a few days after the session.  The comments have been quite helpful - please keep them coming.

April 28, 2020

Please join us for a very special international webinar on Thursday, April 30, at 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific (sorry!). 

Register here for 'Isomerism & Heterotaxy 2020':

Click here for a detailed agenda

April 27, 2020

1. Dr. Robinson would like you to complete a pretest problem set prior to his physical exam session tomorrow (for your own use).  

2. Learning objectives for tomorrow's session on the cardiac physical exam are as follows:

a. Perform & describe physical exam on patient’s with CHD systematically

b. Develop a differential diagnosis based on a)

c.  Know which items on your differential  are benign and pathologic

3.  Learning objectives for Dr. Tannous' upcoming Thursday session on hemodynamic assessment are as follows:

a. Review the equations and mathematics underlying the hemodynamic survey.
b. Understand the strengths/limitations of using the Fick principle or thermodilution to measure cardiac output.
c. Understand how the intra-operative conditions and the assumptions used for calculations can dramatically change the interpretation of hemodynamic findings.  

4. There were some difficulties with the recordings of the PC-NES sessions involving password protection; these have been resolved. 

5. Please see this announcement from the AAP Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery:

  • Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

    Research Awards – Call for Applications

    Due: April 8, 2020 – extended to May 1st

    • $35,000 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Research Award
  • Supported by The Children’s Heart Foundation
    • $50,000 Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Early Career Research Award

Supported by The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation

    Guidelines, application and submission portal can be found on the SOCCS Website. []

    Please take this opportunity to apply!  Contact Vivian Thorne with any questions.

    April 24, 2020

    Dr. Shakti was kind enough to produce an alternate recording of her RHD talk given Tuesday's technical difficulties.  This talk and Dr. Martin's single ventricule hemodynamics talk are now both available for viewing.

    April 21, 2020

    Please join us this afternoon for Dr. Divya Shakti's session on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.  The learning objectives are to review:

    • Epidemiology and pathogenesis of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and Rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
    • Major and minor manifestations of ARF, Jones criteria and their significance
    • Gross and microscopic pathology of ARF and RHD
    • Echocardiographic findings in ARF and RHD
    • How to prevent recurrence of ARF
    • Principles of management of ARF and RHD 

    Additionally, the resources page has been updated with our sessions through last week. 

    April 16, 2020

    Join us this afternoon for the latest PC-NES session by Primary Children's Fellowship Director and SPCTPD Secretary/Treasurer Susan Etheridge on channelopathies.  Additionally, Dr. Hebson's exercise testing session is available for review.  Sessions through May are below.  Please note the very special session on May 26 that is not to be missed!

    April 14, 2020

    PC-NES lectures through April 28 are listed below.  If you are attending live, please remember to complete the session evaluations via the SurveyMonkey link circulated - it will take you less than 30 seconds.

    April 10, 2020

    April 9, 2020

    Dr. Strainic's talk on the basics of fetal echocardiography is now posted.  Please join us today for Dr. Truong's Kawasaki update later today.  The learning objectives are below.

    1. To understand the current diagnosis, treatment, and management strategies related to Kawasaki disease, particularly updates from the 2004 to 2017 guidelines

    2. To understand some of the literature published after the 2017 guidelines regarding adjunctive therapy and risk scoring/stratification in KD patients

    April 6, 2020

    Our first official PC-NES was a hit!  Dr. Frank Zimmerman (Advocate Children's) gave a wonderful review of wide complex tachycardias.  The session is viewable under "Resources" above.  

    Apparently the first session was capped at 200 attendees; this restriction has been lifted for subsequent ones.  Please join us tomorrow afternoon as Dr. James Strainic (Rainbow Babies) reviews the basics of fetal echocardiography.  Zoom ID below under the March 31 announcement.  The learning objectives are below.

    By the end of the session on Tuesday, fellows should be able to:

    1. Perform all components of a basic fetal echocardiogram;

    2. Recognize the normal anatomy of the fetal heart; and

    3. Recognize normal and abnormal fetal rhythms.

    March 31, 2020

    The Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors is organizing a series of shared educational sessions via tele-conference with the goals of:

    1. Providing additional educational opportunities for fellows;

    2. Augmenting individual fellowship director efforts to teach fellows in a time of social distancing (or distantly socializing);

    3. Fostering a sense of community in pediatric cardiology education.

    Sessions are scheduled through April, starting with those below.  All sessions are at 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific. Outlook invites and links to the session are listed.

    PC - NES Schedule

    Tuesday, May 21: Coagulation in the Cardiac ICU by Dr. Kristen Nelson McMillan

    Outlook: SPCTPD PC-NES: Coagulation in the Cardiac ICU

    Click here to join Zoom

    Meeting ID: 920 7324 8250

    PW: 430869

    One tap mobile

    +13017158592,,92073248250# US (Germantown)

    +13126266799,,92073248250# US (Chicago)

    Click here to evaluate this session (fellows only!)

    Tuesday, May 26: The SVR Trial: History, Study Design, Results (through 2020) and Lessons Learned”

    4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific

    ***A special educational symposium featuring Dr. Rick Ohye, Dr. Jane Newburger, Dr. Gil Wernovsky, and other invited guests 

    Click here to evaluate the session

    Thursday, May 28: Delivery planning for the fetus with CHD by Dr. Mary Donofrio

    Outlook: SPCTPD PC-NES: Delivery Planning for the Fetus with CHD

    Click here to join Zoom 

    Meeting ID: 913 4023 7321

    PW: 525899

    One tap mobile

    +13126266799,,91340237321# US (Chicago)

    +19292056099,,91340237321# US (New York)

    Click here to evaluate the session (fellows only!)

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