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Posted January 28, 2020

Congenital Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
SCMR Level 1Course
March 30 to April 1st, 2020
Childrens’ Medical Center, Dallas

About the course

We offer a 3-day CMR course directed towards Congenital Cardiac MRI and SCMR level 1 accreditation. Attendees will receive the theoretical part (teaching and cases).  In line with SCMR training guidelines, for complete SCMR level I candidates will also be able to fulfill the practical element during this course, which includes live-case training with a SCMR level III accredited supervisor. Further information about the Cardiovascular MRI training accreditation pathways is available online on

The course will be ideal for radiographers and fellows in radiology or pediatric cardiology, as well as established congenital heart disease specialists. The aim of this course is to give a firm foundation in congenital heart disease MRI and provide training up to SCMR level 1 accreditation. The attendee can expect practical clinical teaching so that they can directly implement the training into their clinical practice. It is particularly relevant for congenital heart disease trainees wishing to complete their core imaging skills and for those wishing to start a career in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. Radiographers will find this particularly helpful in terms of practical image acquisition and fundamental anatomical details for imaging. Established professionals will find this helpful to increase their knowledge with an emphasis on clinical application. Finally, the session will end with comprehensive case-based teaching, planning and assessment to ensure the attendee has a firm understanding of the fundamentals of cardiovascular imaging for congenital heart disease. It will also cover basics required for general cardiac MRI.

Entry Requirements and fees

•Attendance is open to physicians in training, MRI technicians, radiology trainees, pediatric cardiology trainees and professional with an interest in cardiovascular imaging.

•The course will be provided for $60 for (cardiology or radiology) fellows in training and technicians. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. For physicians/ faculty the cost of the course is $600

•To register please contact: or

For more information, please view the flyer.

Posted January 28, 2020

6th Annual Pediatric Cardiology Boot Camp

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our 6th Annual Pediatric Cardiology Boot Camp for incoming first-year Pediatric Cardiology fellows at the Li Ka Shing Center for Immersive and Simulation Based Learning at Stanford University School of Medicine on May 30 - June 1, 2020.  Last year we were excited to again receive over 100 applications for the 40 spots, and we welcomed future fellows from over 30 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Programs!  The feedback from the Boot Camp was again overwhelmingly positive.

We are planning to once again provide this Boot Camp free of charge to your trainees.  Below is a link to our Boot Camp website and program flier is attached. 

Boot Camp Information Website: []

 Boot Camp Enrollment Site: []

If you would like to give your future trainees (fellows scheduled to start in your training program in July 2020) the option to participate in Boot Camp, please send them the link above to register.  Please ask your trainees to apply by February 1, 2020. They can also address any questions to or Fellows would also be open to enroll in our online Pediatric Cardiology Fellows' Preparatory Course.

This year we will again be extending an invitation to other programs to be co-sponsors.  Co-sponsors last year included:  Nationwide Children’s, Colorado Children’s, UCSD-Rady Children's, and Mt. Sinai (Kravis Children’s).  Co-sponsorship would involve a financial commitment from the institution and would include guaranteed attendance for all incoming first-year fellows from that institution.  We would also include guest faculty members from other sponsoring programs, recognition of the program at the Boot Camp, and other institutional incentives.  As we continue to expand this experience in future years, we would love to involve other institutions in the Boot Camp program. If your program would be interested in being a co-sponsor please let me know.

Thank you again and please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.
Sincerely, Scott R. Ceresnak, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Director, Non-invasive Electrophysiology
Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
750 Welch Rd, Suite 305
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone:  650 – 721 - 2121

Posted May 2019

CVDY Visiting Professor for Career Development Award

Award Application Window: April 17-June 11, 2019 at 11:00PM (central time)

The American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young (CVDY) is proud to sponsor the CVDY Visiting Professor for Career Development Award. This sponsorship will facilitate in-depth, educationally focused visits by prominent experts in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular medicine. The visiting professorship encourages mentorship and academic development of pediatric cardiology fellows and faculty who are early in their academic careers at the host institution.

Who Should Apply
Pediatric cardiology programs in the United States with or without pediatric cardiology fellowships are eligible to apply. General pediatric programs without divisions of pediatric cardiology are also welcome to apply. The chief of the pediatric cardiology division or pediatric department should serve as the “host” of the visiting professor and the visit. The divisions of pediatric cardiology that apply should be those divisions/ departments that do not typically have the opportunity to bring in prominent experts in the field of pediatric cardiovascular medicine to their institution. The host may choose a visiting professor from the United States or abroad. The visiting professor should be a regionally, nationally or internationally noted figure.

  • A visiting professor should only receive one honorarium a year.
  • An institution may not have a visiting professor in two consecutive years.

Awards Given
One award is available per year. The award provides an honorarium of $1,000 to the Visiting Professor and up to $1,500 for travel and other expenses. The duration of the program should be two days. Academic development is an essential component of the visit and the major focus of this award.

How to Apply
Please visit the Council Awards System to submit the applications.
The application must include:

1. The host’s and the visiting professor’s curriculum vitae.

2. A letter signed by the proposed visiting professor affirming acceptance of the “invitation”.

3. Two- to four-page statement (not more than 1000 words) by the host institution addressing the following points:

o The specific needs, aims and goals of the division or department in having this visiting professor speak.
o How does this visiting professor advance the aims of the division/department?
o Proposed agenda of the two-day visit.
o Specify the people at the host institution that will be exposed to the visiting professor. Please include approximate number of fellows, junior faculty, senior level faculty, medical students, and residents who will individually meet the visiting professor and others involved in the visit.

Posted May 2019

Posted February 2019
Please see the information below for sessions of interest to SPCTPD members at the ACC.19 Scientific Sessions.  All times are Central Time Zone.  Of special interest to your fellows is the mentoring session on Saturday.

SPCTPD Meeting

Friday, 3/15, 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Sheraton New Orleans, Bacchus Room

Start your ACC trip right!  Our meeting will continue to move towards a more interactive format with announcements kept brief.  Our goal is to facilitate more sharing of best practices, and to create presentation opportunities for PDs. 

Call-in information:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap: 4086380968,484911349#

Or Telephone:


    In Houston:  713-798-9666

    +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

    +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)

    877 369 0926 (US Toll Free)

    Meeting ID: 484 911 349

    * International numbers available:

Or a H.323/SIP room system:

    H.323: (US West) or (US East)

    Meeting ID: 484 911 349


Congenital Heart Disease Community Day

Friday, 3/15, 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Sheraton New Orleans

There will be a breakout session on "Keys to Success for Career Development" from 2:00 - 3:15. Round table discussions will include:

  • Building an Academic Portfolio for Successful Promotion
  • Advancing through Private Practice Models
  • Negotiations

ACC Training Program Director's Symposium

Friday, 3/15, 12 - 5 PM

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Rodrigue Gallery

The full agenda can be accessed here.  As discussed last year, we have begun to work with the ACC to include pediatric program directors in the session.  While some topics are specific to adult cardiology training, many are broadly applicable.  To that end, Julie Glickstein (Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian/Columbia) will be on the faculty panel for "Strategies for Training Challenges" from 2:10 - 4:00 PM.  This will include sessions on incorporating advanced imaging into training, writing a good letter of recommendation, moonlighting, and how to do meaningful research.

SPCTPD Vice-President Lowell Frank (Children's National Health System, Washington, DC) will be on the faculty panel for "Wellness and Resiliency" from 4:10 - 5:25 PM.  This will include sessions on navigating PD demands, dealing with harassment of fellows, and creating a supportive learning environment.  This will be followed by drinks and appetizers from 5:25 - 6:00 PM.

If you have previously indicated to the ACC that you are a training program director, you likely received an email to RSVP from Julie Damp, the chair of the section.  If not, contact Chris Driver ( to have that added to your profile.  

SPCTPD/ACC Fellows-in-Training Mentoring Session

Saturday, 3/16, 1:30 - 3:00

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon 3/6 - First Floor

Come join us for our SPCTPD-sponsored mentoring session.  More importantly, tell your fellows to come!  There will be talks focusing on the 4th year application process followed by roundtables on recruitment, work-life balance, and general career advice.  The focus here is our fellows - spread the word!

ACPC Section Meeting

Saturday, 3/16, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon 3/6

Come catch up on all the latest ACPC ACC news.

SPIN, the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network, would like to invite you to participate in the next SPIN study, “Longitudinal Evaluation of the Required Level of Supervision for Pediatric Fellows.” This study will build upon two earlier SPIN studies. With your help, we will obtain assessments of all fellows in your program longitudinally utilizing level of supervision scales for all of the common and subspecialty-specific EPAs.

This study has multiple goals including determining whether graduating fellows are meeting the previously defined minimum levels of supervision, if the time required to meet these levels differs among the subspecialties and obtaining validity evidence for the subspecialty and scholarship EPAs level of supervision scales. We will also compare fellow self-assessment with those made by the CCC.

Data collection will begin with the Fall 2018 CCC meeting in which milestone levels are assigned and continue twice annually for a total of 3 years. This investigation is very similar to SPIN’s first study except that we are only collecting milestone data for the scholarship EPA so that the CCC time commitment should be substantially less. 

Only ONE IRB application is needed per site and we will provide an IRB kit and assist in obtaining approval (which should be an exemption). All FPDs that provide data will be considered collaborators on manuscripts. In addition, MOC Part IV Credit (highly likely but pending formal ABP approval) should be available for FPDs that provide data for at least 3 data collection periods. 

Additional information about SPIN and this study is provided in the link below. Please consider joining us in this important collaborative investigation. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please click here.

Click here to view additional information about SPIN

Global Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship- Texas Children's Hospital

Fellowship Program with unparalleled Opportunity!  Click here to view details

Advanced training opportunities

The University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital is now accepting applications for advanced training for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Applicants with an interest in interventional cardiology, heart failure/transplantation and advanced imaging will be considered.  We anticipate filling a position in one subspecialty area with the possibility of filling a second position in one of the other areas.

Interested candidates should send a C.V., 3 letters of recommendation and a brief personal statement to

Susan (Nelson) Sivesind

Cardiac Services Fellowship Program Coordinator II

Pediatric Cardiology |Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Adult Congenital Heart Disease |Extracorporeal Life Support

Interventional Cardiology |Transplant & Heart Failure

Seattle Children's

206-987-3169  OFFICE

206-601-1135  TEXT

206-987-3839  FAX

OFFICE   4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98105

MAIL     M/S RC.2.820. PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98105


Pediatric Cardiology Boot Camp  

 April 28-30, 2018

The Stanford Pediatric Cardiology Fellows’ Boot Camp is now accepting applications from in-coming fellows from all training programs throughout North America. Our highly-rated immersion and simulation-based curriculum has been shown to improve readiness for fellowship.

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To View the Bootcamp Proposal including details on course directors, schedules and a summary, click here... 


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Past Events 

Pediatric Cardiology Fellows Workshop at the AAP

DATE: Saturday, September 16th

TIME:  11:30 AM- 1:00 PM (Chicago time)

LOCATION: George Pullman Room, Chicago Marriott Marquis

Come pose your questions to a panel of Pediatric Cardiology Division Chiefs – interview tips, finding your first job, do's and don’ts in negotiation, etc.

Box lunches provided for fellows

Please RSVP to


Pediatric Heart Transplant Summit 2017

Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions

DATE: September 17-17, 2017

LOCATION: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle



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Massachusetts General Hospital CME:
Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy  

DATE: September 23-24, 2017
LOCATION: Massachusetts General Hospital Simches Research Center, Boston
REGISTRATION FEE: Full tuition: $295; Residents and Fellows $50; Other Health Care Professionals: $200

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