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The goal of the UPMC Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship is to provide excellent clinical training to the next generation of academic pediatric heart surgeons. The program focuses on treating children with congenital cardiac anomalies from the immediate local/regional referral area, as well as patients and families travelling from across the globe to receive the world-class care provided at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The program's overarching mission - to marry the emphasis on providing outstanding clinical patient care with excellent clinical outcomes and the importance of the pursuit of meaningful scholarly, research, and academic endeavors - is echoed throughout the sponsoring institution of UPMC.
This fellowship program is a 24- month experience and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The program aims for the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship include:
Throughout the program, the fellow will gain experience in the basics of interacting and gathering information from the patient. Patient care knowledge will develop to include advanced operative skills and understanding, including wound closure, cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass, and increased responsibility in complex cardiac repairs.
During this two-year program, the fellow is expected to attain a foundation of knowledge regarding congenital cardiac surgery through conference and teaching round attendance, as well as the presentation of scholarly work.
Congenital cardiac surgery fellows are to actively participate in the evaluation of their patient care skills, as well as continually provide new ideas with a focus on improved service.
The fellows will demonstrate proficiency in communication and teamwork. The fellows in this program are expected to listen to the ideas of others and communicate effectively with colleagues in allied disciplines. They will also understand and demonstrate appropriate communication with parents, as well as age-appropriate methods of communicating with children.
Throughout this program, fellows will improve leadership skills and display a dedication to ethical principles pertaining to clinical care and patient sensitivity. They will demonstrate the ability to adapt and grow in a fast-paced, professional environment.
Fellows will provide efficient, high-quality care through partnership across other hospital disciplines and apply their knowledge of established guidelines and procedures to practice.
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is an acute-care teaching hospital with more than 300 beds located in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. From rare diseases to cardiac care, UPMC Children’s offers a full range of advanced specialty care for infants, children, and adolescents, serving patients nationally and worldwide. It is home to the multi-disciplinary Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, in which pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiovascular nursing and technicians work in harmony daily.
This multi-disciplinary model has been widely studied and emulated and is considered the gold standard for the building of a Heart Institute across the United States. In 2022 – 2023, U.S. News and World Report ranked UPMC Children’s #3 in the nation in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery.
Fellows apply and are accepted through the San Francisco Matching Program, www.sfmatch.org. Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have successfully completed an accredited thoracic surgery training program. All required clinical education must be completed in an ACGME, ACGME-I, RCPSC, or CFPC accredited program.
Applicants must also have three excellent letters of recommendation and have passed USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3. The program will contact each applicant’s medical school and residency program to verify successful completion of that portion of their training.
For more information, contact:
Program Director: Victor O. Morell, MD
Program Coordinator: Patricia Fluhrer, MA
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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