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Fellows in the cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are exposed to a wide range of clinical and research experiences. The 36-month program prepares them for successful careers as clinicians, researchers and leaders in the cardiology community. Roles and responsibilities transition over the course of training, with the first year primarily focused on acquisition of clinical skills, the second year on advancing clinical responsibility as well as significant protected research time and the final year predominantly dedicated to research, with the opportunity for clinical activities tailored to the fellow’s individual training goals.
Our fellowship program supports a robust offering of clinical and didactic conferences on a wide variety of cardiovascular-related topics. Speakers include Heart Institute faculty, faculty from other divisions at Cincinnati Children's and visiting professors from across the country and around the world. A core curriculum series is presented every July to provide first year fellows with basic pediatric cardiology knowledge for a smooth transition from residency to fellowship. Introductory lectures on research topics, including how to select a mentor and design a fellowship research project, are offered early in the academic year. The fellowship lecture series content is coordinated with pediatric cardiology board topics to ensure comprehensive didactic instruction over the course of categorical training.
Fellows rotate through five areas of clinical service on a monthly basis:
Cardiology fellows typically have 16 months
dedicated for research training. The
depth and breadth of pediatric research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in
general and specifically within the Heart Institute provides unparalleled
opportunities to advance pediatric cardiovascular medicine through clinical or
laboratory research. Research performed by cardiology fellows is supported by
the Heart Institute Research Core (HIRC), a unit dedicated to innovation in
clinical and translational cardiovascular science. HIRC facilitates the design
and implementation of research studies, the dissemination and application of
findings and the development of research professionals. To accomplish the
specific goals of his or her research project, the fellow works with an
assigned project manager to lead a customized research team selected from a cadre
of more than 40 research professionals, including clinical research
coordinators, research nurses, biostatisticians, business and administrative
personnel and biomedical informatics and data management experts.
In conjunction with the University of Cincinnati,
the fellowship program also offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical
and Translational Research. This degree program is designed to provide clinical
professionals the necessary skills for a successful career as an independent
investigator. The program emphasizes specific training in clinical
epidemiology/clinical effectiveness, molecular epidemiology, clinical trials
and translational research to prepare clinicians for translation of scientific
advances into improved clinical practice and human health.
The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center provides advanced training for qualified and motivated
fellows to gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for a successful
academic career. In general, advanced
trainees will have completed three years of pediatric cardiology training,
although opportunities are available for other sub-specialty-trained applicants
(e.g., pediatric critical care and adult cardiology) who wish to pursue
advanced pediatric cardiology training.
Advanced fellowship training is available in:
Inquiries for fourth-year positions may be made through either Program Director Jeanne James, MD, or through the individual subsection directors as listed above.
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