Paediatric Cardiology is a sub speciality in paediatric which deals with patients with congenital heart diseases and those with acquired heart diseases in childhood. Paediatric Cardiologists treat patients of all ages with congenital heart diseases and therefore cover all ages from foetus to adult.

Even though paediatric cardiology is a highly specialised area, there is great diversity within it.

The paediatric cardiologist should be able to work on clinical diagnosis to highly technical echocardiographic diagnosis and should be able to manage patients with drugs to catheter based interventions. Despite the spectrum of work, all paediatric cardiologists need highly developed communication skills in order to work effectively and compassionately with patients and families affected by complex heart problems.

Being a diverse specialty dealing with patients of all ages, Paediatric Cardiology crosses a number of traditional medical boundaries. Close liaison with General paediatrics, paediatric subspecialties, cardiothoracic surgery, adult cardiology, obstetrics, radiology and pathology is required. The paediatric cardiologist in training must have a thorough grounding in paediatrics and should be capable of providing all-round patient care.

Training in paediatric cardiology includes gaining competency in diagnosis, management and treatment of congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease, arrhythmias and disturbances of circulatory function in childhood. It also involves training in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations and pre-operative, intra operative and post-operative assessment and management of patients who undergo cardiac surgery.

In addition, acquisition of management skills, leadership and personality development, communication skills and knowledge on ethical practices are mandatory to perform as a paediatric cardiologist.

  • The trainee eligible for Board Certification in Paediatric Cardiology should have acquired a sound knowledge in the anatomy and hemodynamics in relation to normal heart, antenatal and postnatal circulation, congenital and acquired heart diseases in children.
  • Acquired an extensive knowledge of the natural and modified history of the diseases of the cardiovascular system
  • Developed skills in the diagnosis and management of congenital heart diseases and those acquired during childhood.
  • Developed skills in the diagnosis, management and counselling of Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease (GUCH) with the adult cardiologist
  • Developed correct attitudes for good clinical governance whether it is government sector, private sector or abroad.
  • Developed the skills required for the organization of paediatric cardiac services and evaluate its outcome.
  • Developed the skills required to conduct audits and scientific research, with a view of contributing for evidence based management and participating in the task of improving the paediatric cardiology services in the community.
  • Developed the skills required to be some medical resource personnel in order to impart medical education to medical society and the public.
  • Developed the ability to critically appraise research publications and practice evidence based medicine
  • Developed the ability to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, moral and ethical conduct
  • Cultivated the commitment to engage in continuing professional development.

Applicants should have passed the MD Paediatric Examination and should not be already Board Certified by the PGIM in any specialty or subspecialty or have already applied to be enrolled in the training programme in any other subspecialty.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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