Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

For questions or admission inquiries:

Danielle Arndt
Fellowship Coordinator, Department of Surgery
612-625-2646
darndt@umn.edu

Lisa Iverson
Pediatric Surgery Administrator, Department of Surgery
612-624-0434
Ivers054@umn.edu

This Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship program focuses on a greater educational opportunity around inpatient post-operative care management.

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship contains a robust transplant and VAD training program and it is highly focused on research efforts in those areas. Achieving the program's goals and objectives will serve as evidence of personal and professional growth. Achieving these goals and objectives will represent satisfactory levels of progress. While faculty is supervising patient care, they will continuously provide feedback and mentorship. Our goal for this fellowship is to have our fellows feel supported, encouraged, and confident in their skills.

Program Goals and Objectives

After completing a one-year minimum fellowship, the graduate should be proficient in the
following:

  • Knowledge with pre-operative and post-operative care for congenital heart defects.
  • Develop knowledge and sufficient skills to be an effective first assistant.
  • Develop independent skills in progression that include sternotomy and wound closure, arterial and venous cannulation to institute cardiopulmonary bypass, and weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • Ability to perform single cardiothoracic procedures under a senior assistant.
  • Understanding techniques for re-operative pediatric cardiac surgery.
  • Understand conduct of pediatric heart transplantation.