Cardiology was one of the first clearly defined subspecialties to develop in pediatrics and the second to establish formal subspecialty board certification. During its existence, this discipline has seen extraordinary changes that are continuing at a rapid pace. The practice of pediatric cardiology is increasingly demanding. The cardiologist must continue to have excellent bedside skills as well as expertise in pharmacologic therapy, non-invasive imaging, cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology, arrhythmia management, exercise physiology and post-operative care. In addition, progress and growth in a subspecialty is dependent upon active work in basic and applied research.
The clinical cardiology service at Riley Hospital is a busy one. However, strong participation in clinical care by the faculty and pediatric house staff is traditional. This permits us to tailor fellow assignments according to the individual training needs of the fellow and not according to service needs.