Subspecialty residents are relieved of their clinical duties during academic sessions. The academic time covers the core topics in pediatric cardiology. The curriculum is varied according to the level of the resident and his or her particular needs. In addition, teaching occurs during weekly rounds on Monday (cardiovascular surgical conference and pre-catheterization review) and Friday (cardiology patient conference).
There are also formal teaching sessions with the staff cardiologists on various topics that are scheduled throughout the year. As well, there are monthly national pediatric cardiology rounds (by teleconference) and a monthly journal club with mandatory resident attendance and participation. The residents are present at monthly cardiovascular surgery mortality and morbidity rounds. The residents are also expected to attend the monthly adult congenital cardiology conference.