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ACADEMICS

Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology: AIMS is one of four hospitals in India that offer the fellowship in pediatric cardiology. This program is accredited by the national board of examinations. Two candidates are selected each year through a competitive examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations. Details on the selection process are available at the website of the National Board of Examinations.  

DM in Pediatric Cardiology: The pediatric cardiology department is the first center in India that has been recognized by the Medical Council of India for DM in pediatric Cardiology. This course will begin in August 2011.

Overseas Fellowship: The pediatric cardiology program is now training fellows from overseas. We have committed to train a fellow from Sri Lanka each year for the next 5 years.

PDCC (Post doctoral Certification Course) in Cardiac anesthesiology and Intensive Care: The department of anesthesiology has an intense training program in cardiac anesthesia and intensive care. This one-year course has prepared many candidates to independently deliver pediatric cardiac anesthesia and take care of the operated children in postoperative ICU.

CME Courses: Our department has organized a large number of major conferences and CMEs over the past 10 years. Some of the major ones include the annual conference of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India (PCSI) in 2000 and 2008, Symposia in post operative care for CHD (2003, 2006) the first Interventional forum for structural and congenital heart diseases (IFISCH 2008), teaching program in cardiology (2005), fetal echo workshops (2005 and 2006), pediatric echo CME (2002) and CME on neonatal cardiac care (2008).

RESEARCH

Several grant Funded Research Projects of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and department of Science and Technology (DST) have been conducted by the department of pediatric cardiology at AIMS. A dedicated research office has been set up for this purpose.

Publications:

Over 60 original papers and 18 reviews have been published from the department in peer reviewed journals. (e.g. Pediatrics, Circulation, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular and interventional Radiology , Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, Journal of thoracic and cardio-vascular surgery, Journal of Pediatrics, Heart, National Medical Journal of India. The department faculty have helped initiate a new journal (Annals of Pediatric cardiology) and edited two books.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Children's Heartlink: The pediatric heart program at AIMS has been a partner site for children's heartlink (www.childrensheartlink.org) for over a decade and we are the first among several international sites to acquire the status of a global training site.

Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School: Collaborations have been initiated between the children's hospital and AIMS. The areas include cardiac MRI, fellowship exchange and clinical research.

International Quality Improvement Collaborative: the pediatric heart program at AIMS is now a member of the IQIC (an initiative of the Boston Children’s Hospital) and a number of quality improvement processes have been initiated and monitored through this process

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford: Collaborations have been initiated for intensive care and nursing. This has been in the form of frequent visits by leafding Nurse practioners and Dr. Steve Roth, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care at LPCH.

Government of SriLanka (Sri Lankan College of Pediatrics): the first three dedicated pediatric cardiologists in Sri Lank have been trained at AIMS.

Training Overseas Surgeons: The pediatric cardiac surgical program has trained 3 overseas surgeons:

  • Luis Baccero: Portugal
  • Kadohama: Japan
  • Ruan Xin Hua: China

Awards and Distinctions:

Balu Vaidyanathan – Commonwealth fellowship in Fetal Cardiology London, UK; Young Investigator award PCSI 2005.

K Mahesh –Travel AR ward, Asia-Pacific Congress, Korea 2008, Best paper PCSI 2010

R Krishna Kumar – Chairperson PVRI South East Asia, Fellow of American Heart Association, Vocational Service Award, Rotary International for contributions to the Rotary “Gift of Life” Program

Rakhi B: Young investigator award, PCSI 2010