Across London, paediatric trainees and trainers are focusing on paediatric cardiology. Here are some ideas to think about.
Paediatric cardiology involves the care of all patients with congenital heart disease – from foetuses to adults. Children with congenital heart disease have long term follow up, and one quarter require life-saving cardiac surgery. Paediatric cardiologists use a variety of medical and interventional techniques to optimise cardiovascular physiology, and work in large teams in close collaboration with surgeons.
Special interest areas include advanced echocardiography, interventional cardiac catheterisation, transplant cardiology, and adolescent congenital heart disease.
- Know the anatomy of the normal fetal circulation, transition changes, and congenital cyanotic heart diseases
- Recognise dysrhythmias on ECG and initiate emergency management of arrhythmias
- Identify common and innocent heart murmurs
- Provide advanced paediatric life support and lead the team at a cardiac arrest
- Initiate emergency management of cyanosis
- Accurately describe examination findings and investigations with cardiologists
Courses and Resources
- RSM Day: Cardiology, Tuesday 24th October 2017
- Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Specialist Interest Group (PECSIG) – part of the RCPCH; provides educational resources, information on training, and lists upcoming courses for paediatricians with a special interest in cardiology https://www.pecsig.co.uk/
- British Congenital Cardiac Society – information on courses, education and training http://www.bcs.com/pages/page_box_contents.asp?PageID=743
- Royal Society of Physicians of Edinburgh – a day in the life of a paediatric cardiologist https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/careers-resource/paediatric-cardiology
- Cincinnati Children’s HHHdskjf;jfa;kljfksaljfkldsjfk;lsajfHeart Institute Encyclopaedia – detailed information on congenital heart disease, diagrams, and anatomical videos. https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/patients/child/encyclopedia/defects Also available as the ‘Heartpedia’ mobile app