Cardiology in the Young


Recommendations from the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology for training in paediatric cardiac intensive care

AEPC's recommendations for European paediatric cardiology trainees The Working Group on Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care

Eduardo da Cruza1 c1, Evelyn Lechnera2, Brigitte Stillera3, Ricardo Munoza4, Maurice Beghettia5, Ulrich Faklera6 and Nikolaus Haasa7

a1 Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, The Children's Hospital of Denver, Denver, United States of America

a2 Children's and Maternity Hospital Linz, Linz, Austria

a3 Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Germany

a4 Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pittsburgh, United States of America

a5 Children's University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

a6 Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease, Deutsches Herzzentrum München, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany

a7 Herz-und Diabeteszentrum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany


The following document provides a summary of the guidelines and recommendations for paediatric cardiac intensive care training as a requirement for recognition as a European paediatric cardiologist. It is therefore primarily targeting paediatric cardiology trainees in Europe, including those doctors who might wish to become experts in cardiac intensive care. These recommendations represent a frame for consistency, will evolve, and may be adapted to specific institutional requirements. They will be complemented by a learning module to be provided by our Association in the near future.

(Received May 17 2009)

(Accepted February 6 2010)

(Online publication June 15 2011)


c1 Correspondence to: Dr E. da Cruz, MD, Head, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Program, Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Director, Cardiac Progressive Care Unit and In-Patient Services, Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, The Children's Hospital of Denver, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045, United States of America. Tel: +1 720 777 4055; Fax: +1 720 777 7290; E-mail: