The Division provides a comprehensive accredited educational program for fellowship training in pediatric cardiology. Dr. David Werho is the Fellowship Program Director and Dr. Aamisha Gupta is the Associate Program Director. Fellows are offered clinical teaching and mentoring in all aspects of clinical cardiology: Outpatient care and evaluation, Inpatient and ICU care, Echocardiography, CT and MRI, Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology and Pacing, Exercise Physiology, and Clinical Research. A broad schedule of lectures and presentations, including those with continuing medical education (CME) credit are offered for fellows and faculty including: Surgery Conference, Catheterization Conference, Core Cardiology Lecture, CVICU Didactic and Simulation Series, Fetal Cardiology Conference, ACHD Conference, Echo Conference, Journal Club, and Heart Institute Research Series.
The Division offers a fourth-year position for a Fellow in interventional congenital cardiology. This position includes training and experience as first assistant in approximately 200 procedures, teaching conferences, and training in clinical transitional research. During their training, the interventional cardiology fellow works in our state-of-the-art Dickinson Image-Guided Intervention Center, the nation’s first comprehensive pediatric intervention center, incorporating cutting-edge technology into the field of interventional cardiology.
Faculty/staff cardiologists are also active in training of pediatric residents and medical students. Every UCSD Pediatrics and Med/Peds Resident rotates through Pediatric Cardiology during their intern year and residents participate in the inpatient care of cardiac patients during their second year. Many residents also choose to do additional elective rotations in pediatric cardiology. The Division provides customized outpatient and inpatient experiences for pediatric residents and medical students.