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Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
Sethuraman Swaminathan, MD
Phone: 305-585-6683
Email: sswami@miami.edu

Senior Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
Greicy Trimino
Phone: 305-585-6683
Email: g.trimino@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in July. While there is no deadline for applications, well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are held from August to November.

Call Schedule

Fellows take at-home calls unless clinical load necessitates in-house call (approximately once every five days).

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of successful completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric or medicine/pediatric residency program.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The educational mission of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program is to provide subspecialty fellows with broad clinical experience, factual knowledge, technical skills and clinical judgment to effectively manage patients independently from fetal life to adulthood for congenital heart disease and acquired forms of heart disease in children and adolescents.

This is achieved by a progressive delegation of increasing responsibility in the clinical area, non-invasive and invasive laboratories, delegation of teaching roles and participation in research.

Mission & Vision

The educational mission of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program is to provide subspecialty fellows with broad clinical experience, factual knowledge, technical skills and clinical judgment to effectively manage patients independently from fetal life to adulthood for congenital heart disease and acquired forms of heart disease in children and adolescents.

This is achieved by a progressive delegation of increasing responsibility in the clinical area, non-invasive and invasive laboratories, delegation of teaching roles and participation in research.

Program Director’s Welcome

This three-year program offers comprehensive training in the field of pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease within a diverse and multicultural environment. The unique infrastructure provided by the University of Miami/Jackson Health System allows for the seamless care of the fetus through adult with congenital heart disease.

Program Director’s Welcome

This three-year program offers comprehensive training in the field of pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease within a diverse and multicultural environment. The unique infrastructure provided by the University of Miami/Jackson Health System allows for the seamless care of the fetus through adult with congenital heart disease.

Fellows will learn pediatric cardiology under experienced faculty mentors. The trainees have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in helping coordinate the care of a complex patient population with diverse needs. This includes exposure to fetal cardiology, adults with congenital heart disease and transplant cardiology. They will also participate in the education of trainees at multiple levels including fellows, residents and medical students (local and international).

Additionally, fellows are encouraged to develop their own research projects or participate in ongoing research under the mentorship of the faculty, and present at local and national meetings.

-Sethuraman Swaminathan, MD

Description

Additionally, fellows are encouraged to develop their own research projects or participate in ongoing research under the mentorship of the faculty, and present at local and national meetings.

-Sethuraman Swaminathan, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

80% ABP pass rate over the previous 5 years

30% of recently graduating fellows practice as faculty in full-time academic medicine, with 70% in semi-academic or private practice settings

All subspecialties represented within 1 system with broad & diverse exposure

Clinical Experience

Year 1

1. Basic principles of cardiac ultrasound.
2. Appropriate use of echocardiogram probes in patients of various age groups from fetus to adults.
3. Three-dimensional anatomy and architecture of the cardiovascular structures in the thorax and abdomen.
4. Segmental diagnosis of cardiac problems using echocardiographic images.
5. Standard transthoracic echocardiography plane images.
6. Ability to perform transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiograms and acquire reasonably good quality 2D images in all the standard planes in a normal heart.
7. Basics of color-flow imaging, spectral Doppler mapping and M-mode echocardiography.
8. Performance of transthoracic echocardiograms in complex congenital heart defects through observation.
9. Performance of transesophageal echocardiograms and learning the various imaging planes through observation.
10. Performance of various pharmacological and non‐pharmacological stress tests through observation.
11. Ability to interact well with the faculty and staff in the echocardiography laboratory in order to optimize and strike a balance between learning echocardiogram skills, and obtaining optimum patient care with the least amount of disruption to patient management.
12. Indications of various types of echocardiograms in the practice of pediatric cardiology.

Responsibilities and Educational Methods:
First-year fellows should closely observe the techniques of obtaining and recording echocardiogram images from the faculty and echocardiogram technologists in the initial phase of the first year. Additionally, fellows should acquire hands-on experience in performing 2D echocardiograms in all standard planes in children with normal cardiac anatomy; learn about interpreting the echocardiogram images by participating every day in the reporting sessions of the faculty; obtain prior history and do physical exams on patients for stress tests, as well as being present with faculty for the tests and organize/review studies with faculty prior to the weekly case management conferences.

Year 2

The goals for the second-year fellow are to understand/acquire the following:
1. Application of 2D imaging, color flow mapping, Doppler and M-mode echocardiography in children.
2. Competence in utilizing the above modalities to perform complete echocardiography in normal hearts and mildly complicated cases.
3. Ability to assess the ventricular systolic and diastolic function using the various echocardiogram modalities.
4. Basics and complexity of tissue Doppler imaging and obtaining tissue Doppler images and data.
5. Competence in understanding the various transesophageal echocardiography imaging planes, and observing/performing TEEs in less-complicated cases.
6. Ability to acquire images in standard TEE planes in less complicated cases.
7. Ability to interpret and report on most transthoracic echocardiograms including 2D, Doppler and color Doppler, except in the most complex cases.
8. Performance of complex fetal echocardiograms by the faculty/technologists, through observation.
9. Various indications for stress tests in children, and acquire the ability to identify variations from the normal response during the stress test.

Responsibilities and Educational Methods:
Second-year fellows should perform transthoracic echocardiograms in uncomplicated and mildly complicated cases; interpret and report uncomplicated and mildly complicated echocardiograms and be present for stress tests. Fellows should also be present with faculty during the reporting sessions (especially for complex cases and for the cases performed by the fellow) and organize and review studies with faculty prior to the weekly case management conferences.

Year 3

The goals for the third-year fellow are to acquire the ability to perform the following:
Complete transthoracic echocardiographic studies even in the most complicated/complex cases.
2. Complete transesophageal echocardiograms even in complex cases.
3. A minimum of 25 hands‐on fetal echocardiograms while obtaining basic images.
4. Interpretation of all fetal echocardiogram images.
5. All types of exercise stress tests, including interpretation and reporting.

Responsibilities and Educational Methods:
Third-year fellows should be hands on with the performance of transthoracic echocardiograms as much as possible; interpret and report all transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiograms performed by the fellow; participate in the echo reporting sessions with attending physicians; participate and interpret stress test results and have a prior review of the case echocardiograms with faculty for discussion in the weekly case management conference.

Your Faculty

Melvin Almodovar, MD
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Juanita Hunter, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Richard Kardon, DO
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Paolo Rusconi, MD
Professor, Pediatrics

Satinder Sandhu, MD
Professor, Pediatrics

Mary Sokoloski, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Sethuraman Swaminathan, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
Professor, Pediatrics

Alumni Placements Include:

Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Holtz Children’s Hospital
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Alumni Placements Include:

Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Holtz Children’s Hospital
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio