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Children’s HeartLink, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Institute Jantung Negara are pleased to announce the fellowship training programs in pediatric cardiac sciences in the following subspecialties:
Directors: R. Krishna Kumar, MD and Hasri Samion, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Directors: Sivakumar Sivalingam, MD and Brijesh P. Kotayil, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
Directors: Rakhi Balachandran, MD and Khairul Faizah, MD
The fellowship program will be advised by an international advisory board comprising of distinguished experts in the field from leading programs in North America, Europe, Australia and LMICs. They will review and make suggestions on the curriculum content, guide research proposals and monitor progress of candidates.
The fellowship will provide intensive experience in the fellows’ chosen subspecialty. The purpose of this fellowship program is to train individuals who are willing to dedicate to a career in pediatric cardiac sciences to address the gap in pediatric cardiac care providers in low and middle-income countries.
The fellowship programs will be offered at Children’s Heart Link, Centers of Excellence Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India and Institut Jantung Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a joint training program, with one trainee in each specialty spending a year at each institution.
Two-year structured fellowship program for each of the three subspecialties.
Detailed course curricula for the individual specialties can be provided upon request. These list the activities, practical exposure and theory requirements. While the fellowship will be predominantly clinical, the curriculum will include involvement in quality improvement and research activities and each candidate will be expected to participate in one study during the training period with the goal of submission and acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal.
The curriculum is assessed and reviewed on annual basis by program directors and the Children’s HeartLink advisory committee. Those who are likely to be appointed to a designated institution or those who have already been appointed will be given some preference.
This training is designed for trainees from low and middle-income countries who have some basic exposure to their respective pediatric cardiac specialty after completing training in their core area. The purpose is to provide trainees with experience at an advanced level and give them the confidence of working independently.
PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY: Post graduate degree in general pediatrics; basic training in pediatric cardiology
PEDIATRIC CARDIAC INTENSIVE CARE: Post graduate degree in anaesthesiology or general pediatrics with some experience in intensive care
PEDIATRIC CARDIAC SURGERY: Masters or doctoral degree in cardiac surgery
All applicants are required to submit a completed application form and two or more reference letters from program directors at their home institutions. A selection committee including program directors, Children’s HeartLink representatives and selected members of the advisory committee will review applications and make recommendations. The selection will be made based strictly on merit and aptitude; an important additional consideration will be the long-term career plans in their respective regions and home institutions, as the primary purpose of this fellowship program is to build capacity for comprehensive care for children with heart disease in underserved regions of the world. After selected applicants have been informed about the decision they will need to initiate the process of completing each country’s formalities for local permissions and practice privileges.