(HealthDay News) — The Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors have developed the 2015 Training Guidelines for Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program together with the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Heart Association.
According to a news release issued by the American College of Cardiology, 63 authors worked on the introduction and eight task force reports that make up the guidelines, which are a revision of the 2005 guidelines. The introduction focuses on the overall changes to the training guidelines. The new guidelines include a new task force on pulmonary hypertension, advanced heart failure, and transplantation. This is in addition to the task force chapters on general pediatric cardiology, noninvasive imaging, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, critical care, adult congenital heart disease, and research. All reports identify the requisite core competencies needed for completion of pediatric cardiology fellowship training. For each section, advanced training recommendations are also summarized.
The task force reports were endorsed by the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society for the noninvasive imaging, cardiac catheterization, and critical care sections, respectively.
“The purpose of the new criteria is to make them more relevant and useful in this era of competency-based training and evaluation,” Robert D. Ross, M.D., the lead author of the document, said in a statement.