Introduction

In the last 50 years, advances in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart diseases have been spectacular, particularly with regard to paediatric and neonatal care, with mortality rates dropping from over 25% to currently below 5%.

These advances are put forward as a paradigm of what can be achieved in medicine and surgery by designing imaginative and multidisciplinary strategies, and they have created a new population of adults with congenital heart disease whose cardiac anatomy and physiology is tremendously complex and, until now, little-known by most cardiologists who have never come into close contact with this area.

This is a professionally-oriented master's degree in which students, who can come either from paediatrics or cardiology, will receive theoretical and, above all, practical, personalised training in all the new concepts, topics and skills needed to work in the typical care scenarios of a Cardiology of Congenital Heart Diseases Unit: fetal, paediatric and adult, with each student focusing in particular on the scenarios related to his/her previous training and background.

Objectives

- Learn in detail the anatomy, physiology and normal cardiac haemodynamics of the foetus, the newborn, and adults, and the changes that take place in each stage of life.
- Learn normal cardiac embryology and the embryology and etiology of congenital heart diseases.
- Learn the etiology and pathogenesis of all the heart diseases: acute and chronic, organic and functional, foetal-age and pediatric.

- Learn the prevalence and epidemiology of pediatric-age heart disease and congenital heart disease at all ages.
- Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to indicate, perform and interpret an echocardiography and Doppler study in all its M modalities (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, pulsed Doppler, continuous Doppler, colour Doppler and tissue Doppler) to study and diagnose pediatric cardiac pathology and all congenital cardiac pathology (unoperated or surgically modified) in patients of all ages.
- Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to monitor, through Doppler echocardiography, catheter- or surgery-based medical therapeutic procedures, in pediatric cardiac pathology and in congenital cardiac pathology at all ages.
- Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to indicate and interpret the different diagnostic methods or methods of functional physiopathological assessment of the cardiovascular system in congenital cardiac pathology and in pediatric cardiac pathology.
- Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to establish and monitor therapeutic, medical and surgical strategies, pediatric cardiac pathology strategies, and congenital heart disease strategies at all ages.
- Acquire the knowledge and strategies needed to help congenital cardiopathy patients lead as normal a life as possible, socially, at work and in leisure activities, by reducing the impact of the disease on their physical and mental development.
- Acquire the knowledge and strategies needed to implement basic cardiac rehabilitation programmes with congenital cardiopathy patients.
- Acquire complementary experience in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital cardiopathies in foetal medicine, and in counselling parents impartially on the viability of the foetus and its prospects after birth.
- Acquire complementary experience to collaborate with obstetricians and geneticists on reproductive counselling for congenital cardiopathy patients, and with high-risk obstetric units for women with congenital cardiopathy.
- Learn the organisational aspects of advising on and designing a programme and a network for the care and rehabilitation of congenital cardiopathy patients.
- Understand the various ethical and legal matters that could affect patients and their families, in the case of both pediatric-age heart disease and congenital heart disease at all ages.
- Learn to convey specialist knowledge to different audiences.
- Gain practical experience in planning, conducting, assessing and publishing research projects in the field of cardiology of congenital cardiopathies.

Access requirements

Bachelor's degree in Medicine and specialisation in Paediatrics or Cardiology.

Career opportunities

For students with a background in cardiology (cardiology profile):
- Cardiology Units specialising in exclusive care of congenital heart diseases, at level III and at all ages.
- Level III Adult Congenital Heart Disease Units.
- General Cardiology Centres seeking the added value of level I or level II care of adult congenital heart disease.
- General Cardiology Centres whose mission, in addition to the care of adult congenital heart diseases, involves giving advice to Paediatric Units on congenital heart diseases and on paediatric-age acquired and functional pathology.

For students with a background in paediatrics (paediatrics profile):
- Cardiology Units specialising in exclusive care of congenital heart diseases, at level III and at all ages.
- General Paediatric Centres with level III Paediatric Cardiology units.
- General Paediatric Centres seeking the added value of level I or level II care of paediatric congenital heart disease.

Contact

Dimpna Calila Albert Brotons

E-mail: DimpnaCalila.Albert@uab.cat

UAB-specific Master's Degree

7 Edition
Places: 5
Orientation: Professional
120 ECTS
Code: 2837/7
Price: 7920 ¤

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Modality: Onsite
Location: Hospital Vall d'Hebron. Pg. Vall d'Hebron 119-129, Barcelona. Unitat de Cardiologia Pediatria (UCP) i Unitat de Cardiopaties Congènites de l'Adolescent i l'Adult (UCCAA) d'ACOR
Dates: from 21/05/2018 to 22/05/2020
Teaching language:
Catalan (50%), Spanish (50%)
Coordinating centres:
Departamento de Pediatría, Obstetricia, Ginecología y Medicina Preventiva
Collaborating centres:
ACOR, Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebrón
Institut de Recerca Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron
Servei de Pediatria, Hospitla Universitari Vall d'Hebron

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