Congenital Heart Disease

December 7–9 and 14–16

Program Overview

The SCAI Congenital Heart Disease Fellows Course is unique in interventional cardiology. No other society offers in-depth education for pediatric cardiologists pursuing invasive therapy competency. SCAI physician educators have honed this course for over a decade to bring you the most impactful content. Learn about the most frequent pediatric cardiology procedures like ASDs, PDAs, VSD closures, balloon aortic valvuloplasty, balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty, transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, coil embolization of AV malformations and collaterals, and aortic coarctation and pulmonary artery stenosis interventions. While clinical learning is paramount, you will also deepen your professional network by interacting with the tight-knit community of pediatric interventionalists. 

Through access to experienced SCAI leaders, collaboration with industry supporters, and interaction with your peers, the Fellows Course will enable you to: 

  • Discuss the essential echocardiographic assessments, device selection, procedural requirements, and pitfalls for the most common congenital procedures. 
  • Describe the aspects of angiographic assessment of congenital cardiac defects and the best angiographic projections for each defect and integrate new advanced imaging used during interventional cardiac procedures.
  • Recognize the various diseases that present in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their management. 
  • Evaluate the hemodynamic assessment of congenital cardiac defects, like left-to-right shunt and right-to-left shunt lesions, and the hemodynamic results of pre-Glenn and Pre-Fontan procedures.
  • Explain the role of ECMO and other ventricular support devices in the cath lab.
  • Assess operator and patient risks from invasive angiography and intervention and review risk mitigation strategies.

Who Should Attend

  • All members of the Cath Lab Team are welcome to attend this year’s virtual refresher course on congenital heart disease fundamentals.
  • This course is recommended for those currently who are in the third or fourth year of a pediatric cardiology fellowship in the U.S. or an international program and are interested in cardiac catheterization.
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