A review of the latest literature and thought leaders in pediatric cardiovascular care.
Pediheart Podcast #81 Repeat: A Standardized Protocol To Improve Junior Cardiology Fellow Echo Function Assessment
This week we enter the worlds of fellow education and echocardiography to review a recent report of a QI project performed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia regarding the performance of echocardiograms by first year fellows in cardiology. Can the implementation of a checklist protocol improve the consistency of echocardiograms performed by fellows? What was the impact of this protocol? What areas were particularly well served by this approach? Dr. Brian White, senior cardiology fellow at CHOP provides important insights into this project that he co-authored. doi: 10.1111/echo.14441
Pediheart Podcast #178: Outcomes Of Pregnancy For the DTGA/Arterial Switch Patient
This week we delve into the world of ACHD when we review a recent large data evaluation from the team at Erasmus University in the Netherlands regarding outcomes of DTGA/Arterial Switch patients who have gone through pregnancy. How do these patients fare in general? What sort of pre-pregnancy evaluation should these patients have? Where should their offspring be delivered? Is a maternal fetal medicine expert required for all? Do all DTGA/Switch patients require tertiary care centers? Dr. Karishma Ramlakhan, PhD candidate at Erasmus University shares her deep insights this week. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.018176
Pediheart Podcast #177: Clinical Outcome Disparities Among Black Children With Kawasaki Disease
This week we review a recent work from the team at University of Alabama in Birmingham about clinical outcome disparities amongst Black children with Kawasaki disease. What differences exist in outcomes between these groups and are these differences social or biological in origin? We speak with one of the authors of this work, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Leslie Collins about this important work. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.09.052
Replay of Pediheart Podcast #130: What Are The Stressors And Fears Of The New Pediatric Cardiology Fellow?
From August 2020 - This week we delve into the topic of fellow wellness and review a recent work from the Boston Children's group on fellow fears and stressors when beginning their training. Are there patterns amongst the fellow concerns that can be identified and used to inform interventions to help allay these fears and reduce the stress? We speak with Dr. David Brown, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and also Dr. Tony Pastor who is the ACHD Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital about their thoughts on fellow fears and stressors as well as fellow (and doctor) wellness. An important topic for our milestone 130th episode. doi: 10.1007/s00246-019-02276-z. Back next week with a new episode!
Pediheart Podcast #176: A Conversation With Pediatric Cardiology Pioneer Dr. Peter Lang
This week we spend the entire episode speaking with Professor Peter Lang of Harvard University about his rich and long career in pediatric cardiology during one of the most exciting times of the field. Dr. Lang's story includes a virtual who's who of important cardiologists and cardiac surgeons for the past 50 years including Dr. Connie Hayes, Dr. Roberta Williams, Dr. Alexander Nadas, Dr. Richard Van Praagh, Dr. Aldo Castaneda, Dr. Bill Norwood and many, many more. This is a rare opportunity to hear about the development of the Norwood procedure from someone who was at the bedside of the first 30-50 ever performed as well as someone who helped develop the entire field of cardiac critical care. Prepare to be inspired by this towering figure this week.
Pediheart Podcast #175: Changes In Extra-Cardiac Fontan Conduit Cross Sectional Area Over Time
This week we review a recent work assessing changes in Fontan conduit cross sectional area over time. What accounts for these changes and how do these affect exercise capacity? What does the future hold for the Fontan procedure? Is there an optimal conduit size for patients? We speak with Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC, Dr. Neil Patel this week! doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.09.140
Amazing, interesting and helpful
A good topic overview for subspecialists
For those of us in the field of pediatric cardiology, this is a great addition to our ways to learn and stay current. As all things new, it has some pros and cons.
Pros: Covers relevant topics. It also covers topics from the full range of pediatric cardiology. You can tell Dr. Pass is listening to feedback consistently. For example, he has improved the audio quality quite notably just over the first 15+ episodes. The interviews are also a nice touch, allowing us to hear others thoughts on each topic.
Cons: Quite honestly, I think it speaks volumes that I only have one (admittedlly weird) "con" to point out: The adjectives in this podcast are beyond excessive. Every article is "important," "wonderful," "insightful," "exciting," etc... and for every interview, "we are very lucky to have ____ on our show for them to share their insights." There's no need to convince the listener how important the work being discussed is. Nor is it necessary to thank the interviewee 5 times repetitively. As an aside, you won’t make it through listening to an episode without hearing his text/ringtone go off no less than 3 times.
Definitely worth a listen. It's a great way to squeeze in some new journal knowledge in a very subspecialized field that is constantly changing and advancing.
Pediheart Podcast Series
This is an outstanding series. Delivers infinite education to all providers in the field of pediatric cardiology. Dr. Pass is an amazing clinician and a phenomenal teacher. This is a great addition to learning sources in the whole of cardiology.