Clinical exposure and mentorship are supplemented by a multitude of didactic educational offerings. Fellows attend monthly Core Curriculum conferences focus on topics such as clinical teaching tools, mentorship, and ethics. A Pediatric Cardiology Core Curriculum conference will highlight the core knowledge base in our field. Fellows will also participate in Heart Center clinical conferences such as weekly cardiac catheterization and cardiovascular surgery conferences.
Fellows will spend a total of 12 months over the three years on research rotations. There are two months in the first year to give time for fellows to explore opportunities and pick out a main project and mentor. The emphasis in the second and third years will be to refine the research project, obtain appropriate approvals and funding (if applicable) and conduct research. Fellows will be expected to disseminate their research findings at local and national meetings, gaining important presentation skills and providing networking opportunities.
Fellows receive regular feedback to ensure educational needs are being met. Monthly evaluations by faculty, staff, and others will be available for secure online review through a Children's Mercy web resource. Fellows meet formally with the program director at least twice annually to review rotation evaluations, procedural log books, and any other issues pertinent to successful completion of the fellowship curriculum.