The Section on Cardiology was founded in 1955 and is committed to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents with regard to pediatric cardiology. The Section was combined with the Section on Cardiac Surgery in 2002. Objectives for the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery include providing an opportunity within the Academy for the presentation and discussion of investigations and scientific observations pertaining to the cardiovascular system in children. The Section holds its organizational meetings and hosts educational programs for the pediatric cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeons at the Academy's National Conference and Exhibition (Annual Meeting). The format for the National Conference scientific program includes three days of scientific symposia, abstract presentations, and posters on current topics in the field.
The Section consults to the AAP Board of Directors and makes recommendations
for programs, policy statements and other actions on matters relating
to pediatric cardiology. They also work collaboratively with various
AAP committees and sections such as Emergency Medicine, Critical Care,
Nutrition and Sports Medicine and Fitness. These relationships have
led to joint policy statement development and educational programming.
The Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery has a liaison with the
American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The American Heart Association
(AHA) and the three groups work collaboratively on position papers, policy statements, advocacy, and quality improvement.
RESEARCH AND AWARDS
The Founders Award (named after the "founders" of the Section) recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.
The Research Fellowship Award is awarded to a trainee in an accredited US pediatric cardiology fellowship training program to promote the understanding of a basic mechanism of cardiovascular disease in the young. The Research Fellowship Award provides a $35,000 stipend to reward the recipient for his or her efforts in basic science or clinical research.
The Section also presents Young Investigator Awards to the best scientific
abstracts presented at the National Conference and Exhibition meeting
in clinical research and basic science categories.
refer to Meetings and Awards page for information
pertaining to our Annual Meeting abstracts and symposium.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Membership in the Section is open to all Fellows of the Academy with an interest in pediatric cardiology, provided that they are additionally subboard certified in pediatric cardiology. Specialty Fellow membership is open to surgeons who are boarded by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, or verified international equivalent, who devote 50% of their practice to infants, children and adolescents. Post residency fellows in training, or sub-board eligible candidates may join the Section as Post Residency Training Fellows. The Section has a current membership of 750. Dues are annually assessed at $30. Visit the AAP Membership Web page.
If you have further questions about the Section's activities, please contact the Division of Technical and Medical Services at 847/434-7820.