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Comprehensive training for the future pediatric cardiologist


Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Raghavan Subramanyan
Frontier Lifeline Hospital, R-30-C, Ambattur Industrial Estate Road, Chennai - 600 101, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2069.174333

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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-8

 

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India faces a huge burden of pediatric and adult congenital heart diseases (CHDs). Many acquired valvar, myocardial, and vascular diseases also need treatment in childhood and adolescence. The emergence of pediatric cardiology as an independent specialty has been a relatively recent development. A few centers of excellence in pediatric cardiology have developed. However, the requirement of pediatric cardiac care and pediatric cardiologists is far in excess of what is available. There are no guidelines at present in India for uniform training in pediatric cardiology. Many training programs are nonstructured and do not focus on the regional needs. Both core training and advanced training programs are essential to provide adequate numbers of community-level pediatric cardiologists and academic leaders respectively. This article proposes a detailed plan and curriculum for comprehensive training of future pediatric cardiologists in India.






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Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Raghavan Subramanyan
Frontier Lifeline Hospital, R-30-C, Ambattur Industrial Estate Road, Chennai - 600 101, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2069.174333

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India faces a huge burden of pediatric and adult congenital heart diseases (CHDs). Many acquired valvar, myocardial, and vascular diseases also need treatment in childhood and adolescence. The emergence of pediatric cardiology as an independent specialty has been a relatively recent development. A few centers of excellence in pediatric cardiology have developed. However, the requirement of pediatric cardiac care and pediatric cardiologists is far in excess of what is available. There are no guidelines at present in India for uniform training in pediatric cardiology. Many training programs are nonstructured and do not focus on the regional needs. Both core training and advanced training programs are essential to provide adequate numbers of community-level pediatric cardiologists and academic leaders respectively. This article proposes a detailed plan and curriculum for comprehensive training of future pediatric cardiologists in India.






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