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Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Department of Surgery offer a one year residency in Congenital Cardiac surgery each academic year.  The pediatric cardiac surgery program at CHC has trained residents for over thirty years, many of whom have become leaders in the field. This one year residency position is a participant in the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Match program.  For more information, visit the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Congenital Match page. 
Pre-requisite criteria
The pre-requisite criteria for acceptance in Congenital Cardiac surgery residency includes individuals who have completed or are scheduled to complete a Thoracic Surgery residency by the time of enrollment.
Goals of the program
The goals of the program are to provide an introduction to all forms of congenital heart defects, and to provide a graded progression of responsibility in the pre-operative, intraoperative and postoperative management of patients with congenital heart defects. This training will include patients of any age, pediatric or adult, who have congenital heart disease. Please visit the Goals and Objectives section to view the plan for the program's participants.
The Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery includes three full-time board certified congenital cardiac surgeons, all of whom have extensive experience in congenital cardiac surgery, including congenital heart surgery procedures in adults. Faculty members include David Campbell MD, Program Director, James Jaggers MD Division Chief, and Max Mitchell MD.  The Congenital Resident will also be heavily involved in all aspects of congenital cardiovascular medicine and experience significant exposure to pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesia.
The resident will participate in all aspects of the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of congenital cardiac surgery patients. While there is no mandatory in-house call, it is expected that the resident will be heavily involved in all aspects of patient care within the framework of work duty hour limitations. The inpatient unit consists of a 16 bed dedicated Cardiac intensive care unit and a 16 bed step-down unit. There are two dedicated operating rooms and a hybrid cath-OR suite. The outpatient facility is shared with pediatric cardiology. There is close interaction between these services for interdisciplinary care.  The resident’s operative experience will be milestone based and progressive increased responsibility will be granted based on achievement of these milestones.  
There are also numerous didactic teaching conferences and patient care conferences that the resident will be required to attend as well as weekly sessions of congenital heart defect review with a faculty cardiac surgeon.  Following completion of the residency, it is expected that the resident will be competent in all areas of congenital cardiac surgery including pediatric cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices and will sit for the congenital cardiac surgery board examination.
We welcome any prospective resident’s application and would be happy to discuss this residency personally.

James Jaggers, MD                                               David Campbell, MD                 
Barton-Elliman Chair Pediatric Cardiac Surgery         Program Director
Professor of Surgery                                               Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine                 University of Colorado School of Medicine