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Advanced Pediatric Cardiac Imaging  Curriculum


  1. Prepare congenital cardiologists for an academic career specializing in the performance and interpretation of multimodality imaging for acquired pediatric and congenital heart disease in patients of all ages.
  2. Establish competence and independence for the trainee to work unsupervised as a new faculty member
  3. Provide didactic and clinical opportunities for the trainee to teach and supervise sonographers and more junior trainees
  4. Provide opportunities for active participation in research and quality improvement involving multimodality congenital cardiac imaging


Our program accepts one (1) advanced cardiac imaging fellow per year. This structured training program is ideal for the applicant interested in a career in congenital/pediatric cardiac imaging, including research/quality improvement, and teaching. Proficiency in all areas of echocardiography (transthoracic, transesophageal, fetal ) are expected.  Level 1, 2 or three training in cardiovascular MRI and expert level training in cardiovascular CT are available depending on applicant interest.

Time: 85% clinical, 15% research

Clinical time is divided among modalities with flexibility depending on individual interest.

Imaging fellows participate in didactic and clinical conferences.


Sample starting schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Echo lab



Echo didactics

Echo lab (inpatient, including TEE in OR)

Surgical conference presentation


MRI/CT Fetal

eneral expectations: (depending on individual interest and career aspirations, fetal or cross-sectional imaging can be weighted more heavily)


  • Daily participation at assigned task/location
  • Maintain a log of the number and types of studies along with your role in the study
  • Monthly meetings with program leadership to review the log, identify challenges and brainstorm solutions
  • Monthly meetings with research mentor to review progress and set goals for the next month


  • General cardiology clinics: 1 day/month
  • Tuesday echo didactic conference: help lead discussion/presentation, topics TBD
  • Surgical conference teaching: Preparation of imaging (echo and cross sectional) for upcoming surgical and discussion cases with the categorical fellows in advance of Wednesday morning conference; monthly (November-June)
  • Participation in case presentations and teaching at bimonthly fetal care conferences
  • Presentation of fetal cases at quarterly QA meetings


Call expectations:

  • Your call is meant to ensure some exposure to on-call TEE OR cases (i.e., overnight/weekend) as well as to provide you with experience mentoring the 1st year fellows as their back up when they began night float in the spring (January-June).
  • Leadership will work with each applicant to customize a ‘back-up’ call schedule to specify call (~1 week a month, 1 weekend a month)
  • Given the unpredictability of clinical medicine, it is inevitable that a rare or unique learning opportunity will present when you’re not on call. Your involvement as the imaging fellow is encouraged, pending availability.
  • Leadership will work with each applicant to the best means of alert for unique or interesting cases.


Research: 0.5 day/week; largely self-driven, with access to senior mentors and data/statistical resources.

  • Fellow will select a research mentor within the first 2 months. Mentor and fellow will identify a suitable project for completion within the year.
  • Goal: an abstract submission by end-of-year with expectation of completed manuscript.


General procedural targets for an advanced imaging fellow (from the 2015 training guidelines)


Perform & interpret 100 exams

Perform & interpret 50 studies

Perform & interpret 50 fetal studies Directly involved in acquisition of 50 studies Directly involved in acquisition of 50 studies
Review & interpret 100 exams performed by others  

Review & interpret 50 studies performed by others

Interpret at least 50 additional studies Interpret at least 50 additional studies
N=200 N=50 N=100 N=100 N=100


  • Numerical benchmarks are less important than competency-based benchmarks
  • Plan to review at monthly meeting with program leadership

University of Utah/ Primary Children’s Hospital Imaging Volume

Modality Average # per month
Transthoracic echo 950a
Transesophageal echo 30a
Fetal echo 70a
Cardiac MR 25b
Cardiac CT 16b
3d echo 3

afor 2021

baverage 2016-2020

Care Team

The cardiology team consists of 25 full-time and one part time pediatric cardiologist. We service 14 outpatient locations and 13 hospitals throughout the Mountain West:

  • Primary Children's Hospital (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • John's Medical Center (Jackson, WY)
  • Logan Regional Medical Center (Logan, UT)
  • McKay Dee Medical Center (Ogden, UT)
  • Intermountain Medical Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Primary Children's Riverton Outpatient Services - Clinic (Riverton, UT)
  • Riverton Hospital - Inpatient and ER Consults (Riverton, UT)
  • Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (Provo, UT)
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center (St. George, UT)
  • University of Utah Hospital (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Alaska Heart Institute (Anchorage, AK)
  • Alaska Children’s Heart Center (Anchorage, AK)

Care for the pediatric cardiology patients begins prenatally with a busy fetal cardiology program and continues throughout the life of the child with congenital heart disease culminating with our services provided by the adult congenital heart disease team. 

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Utah provides full and comprehensive services for complex congenital and acquired heart disease including outpatient and inpatient evaluation and management, affiliation with a strong pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, interventional and diagnostic catheterization, cardiac transplantation, ventricular assist device and ECMO management, extensive non-invasive diagnostic imaging, and invasive and noninvasive electrophysiology. We treat more than 11,000 patients each year and have gained national recognition for our comprehensive care.

Contact Us

Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship
81 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Program Director
John Colquitt, MD

Program Coordinator

Laurel Fortun
Phone: 801-662-5700