During the first year, each fellow selects an area of interest in cardiovascular medicine. The fellow, with the guidance of the pediatric cardiology faculty, selects a mentor who will be responsible for the research education of the fellow.
A second year fellows pursue more intense academic training. Under the guidance of a mentor, independent research is undertaken. In addition to the independent research, the fellow may select courses in developmental biology, embryology, biostatistics, bioassay, experimental design, or any other course that would provide the necessary academic background to perform as an independent investigator. Fellows are encouraged to write abstracts, manuscripts, and grants.
During the third year, a fellow will complete the independent project and present academic endeavors at national meetings, thus providing the necessary visibility for successful job placement upon completion of their training.
Travel to national meetings is provided yearly to each trainee. Fellows have always been encouraged to submit their research findings to Young Investigator competitions of the Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology or Society for Pediatric Research during their second and third years of training. Previous trainees have successfully competed in these programs.
Research interests of the division faculty include coronary risk factors in childhood, conduction and rhythm disturbances, developmental aspects of cardiac muscle and cardiac contractile proteins, cardiac embryology, echocardiography, and interventional cardiac catheterization.