The pediatric cardiology fellowship fellowship program at the UF Health Congenital Heart Center has developed from a collaboration between the Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses. The program in Gainesville is the first of its kind in the south and has been a major center for teaching and training over the years.

The objective of the program is to train candidates for careers in academic pediatric cardiology. A minimum training period of three years is required for the American Academy of Pediatrics Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology. Additional training is available for those undertaking a supported research program.

Statement of Philosophy

The overall goal of the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Cardiology is to prepare pediatric cardiology residents to provide optimal and comprehensive care for patients with congenital and acquired heart disease from early gestation through adulthood. Following the three-year training program, pediatric cardiology residents will have a complete understanding of the pathophysiologic basis of congenital/pediatric cardiovascular disease, and be capable of dealing with the entire spectrum of these conditions. They will also learn the utility of critical research in improving the care of children with congenital heart disease and will participate in a structured research project to be qualified for a career in academic pediatric cardiology. The training program will be oriented to ensure its residents obtain this knowledge within the following competency areas:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practiced-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice

Program Certification

The pediatric cardiology fellowship program is certified in post-graduate education by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Goals and Objectives

The patient care experience will encompass age groups from the fetus and newborn through adults that have congenital heart disease.  A major foundation of the training program is instruction in the preparation of a detailed history and performance of a complete physical examination relevant to the cardiovascular system.


The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is part of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, a 200-bed pediatric facility. The Center has offices, teaching and laboratory space within the University of Florida Health Science Center and Academic Research Building (ARB), which is located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida.

Policy Manual

The Resident Policy Manual is designed to improve the quality of patient care, minimize conflicts, equalize burdens, and allow you to spend more time and energy on your basic goal–that of learning the art and science of Pediatrics. That is why both you and we are here.

Core Curriculum

Other Resources


If you have any questions or comments regarding the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at the University of Florida please contact our program coordinator Deborah Floyd at debbie.floyd@peds.ufl.edu.