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Medical Education and Training Within Congenital Cardiology

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In February 2022, researchers from Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin (Department of Paediatric Cardiology), University College Dublin, The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics), East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre (Department of Pediatric Cardiology), Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (Division of Paediatric Cardiology), Groote Schuur Hospital University of Cape Town (Division of Cardiology), Royal Portuguese Hospital (Department of Paediatric Cardiology), Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, University of Florida (Congenital Heart Center), and the University of Alberta ((Department of Cardiology) reviewed the current status of training in medical education regarding congenital cardiology. The full manuscript by Colin J. McMahon, Justin T. Tretter, Andrew N. Redington, Frances Bu’Lock, Liesl Zuhlke, Ruth Heying, Sandra Mattos, R. Krishna Kuma, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, and Jonathan D. Windram can be found in Cardiology In The Young. A summary is detailed below.

The improvements seen in the overlap between the fields of pediatrics and cardiac care have been numerous over the past five decades due to increased investments in research and development. Despite these advances, the training of next-generation researchers and clinicians has remained relatively the same across these decades.