Three-Year Training Program In Academic, Research and Clinical Practice
The Children’s Cardiac Clinic and the division of Pediatric Cardiology were founded in 1931, and Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig was the first director. The clinic was the first of its kind and became the center for teaching and training over the years. Johns Hopkins has remained in the forefront of pediatric cardiology in clinical care, development of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and research.
The objective of the program is to train candidates for careers in academic pediatric cardiology. A minimum training period of three years is required for the Subboard of Pediatric Cardiology. Additional training is available for those undertaking a supported research program. The basic plan is: a mainly clinically oriented first year, with a survey of possible research area; a second year split between clinical work with more responsibility and the beginning of a chosen research project; and a third year with the major emphasis on research but with continuing clinical responsibilities. Alternative plans may be available for applicants wishing to spend additional time in a research program. The applicants must be in an accredited pediatric residency program. Applicants may begin applying for the cardiology fellowship in their second year of residency. The pediatric cardiology program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (spring cycle of the match). Applicants are eligible for the program if they have preliminary training that will qualify them to become board certified in pediatrics and ultimately pediatric cardiology by the American Board of Pediatrics. Applications must be submitted to the Electronic Residency Application Service and must be complete by December 31 of the year preceding the start of fellowship.
The division of Pediatric Cardiology is part of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a 200-plus bed pediatric facility, which is in turn part of the 1,000-bed Johns Hopkins Hospital. The division of pediatric cardiology operates in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Heart Center and the divisions of adult cardiology, cardiovascular radiology, cardiovascular surgery, cardiovascular anesthesiology, as well as neonatal and pediatric intensive care. The clinical patient areas, the echocardiography lab and the basic research laboratories are in close proximity to those facilities of other divisions to promote mutual interchange and enrichment.