Pediatric cardiologists with a congenital heart disease patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in pediatrics at Mayo Clinic

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The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is a three-year program covering every aspect of assessing and treating pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. The mission of the fellowship is to provide you with the clinical expertise and intellectual curiosity to be a skilled and compassionate pediatric cardiologist. 

As a fellow, you will build foundational knowledge of the pathophysiology, treatment, and long-term sequelae of heart disease in patients with congenital heart defects through regular didactic and case-based conferences as well as bedside learning. 

Fellows acquire the clinical skills required to be confident pediatric cardiologists through procedure-based rotations covering:

  • Transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Electrophysiology
  • Intensive care unit

Upon completion of your training, you are prepared to independently interpret echocardiograms, and invasive hemodynamic studies, as well as read ECGs, Holter monitors, and event monitors. 

Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiology fellows are highly recruited for their intellectual curiosity and academic productivity. By the end of fellowship, the vast majority of our trainees have multiple first-author publications in high-impact journals.

After a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Mayo Clinic, our graduates are prepared either to enter busy academic and private general cardiology practices or to begin high-intensity, advanced fellowship training. Many of our fellows have completed additional subspecialty training in advanced imaging, interventional catheterization, electrophysiology, and heart failure/transplant.

Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiology Fellows examining screens

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

Nathan Taggart, M.D.

Director's welcome

We have a tremendous training program that has the resources and breadth of experience of a large program with the close-knit comradery of a small program. Our team members provide one-on-one mentoring and direct supervision to guide you throughout your fellowship as you assume increasing responsibility in patient care.


The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship fulfills the requirements (three years) for subspecialty training as stated by the Subboard of Pediatric Cardiology of the American Board of Pediatrics. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Subboard of Pediatric Cardiology examinations.

Program history

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Mayo Clinic was established in 1969 by James DuShane, M.D., also one of the founders of the Section on Cardiology of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Subboard of Pediatric Cardiology of the American Board of Pediatrics.

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship began in 1960 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country. Since its inception, more than 75 physicians have completed pediatric cardiology training at Mayo Clinic. Many of these graduates now act as divisional chairpersons in academic institutions or have prominent national roles in the pediatric cardiology community.

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship: Program overview


Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship: Program overview

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