Associate Editor’s Message

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This August, I was one of the (seemingly) few pediatric cardiac intensivists and cardiologists who could not attend the massive 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Washington, DC. The event’s sweeping agenda coupled with the opportunity to exchange ideas with multi-disciplinary colleagues from around the world was a draw for many, and left those of us who stayed behind with the feeling of missing out on something rare. This feeling was furthered by the high-quality content shared from conference attendees, including PCICS Podcasts, tweets, and the release of a multimodal ICD 11 Congenital Heart Atlas.

Though varied, the content presented seemed to focus on familiar and timely themes, including: innovation through collaboration and the importance of multi-disciplinary care, improving neurodevelopmental potential and outcomes for our patients at every phase of life, and recognizing and working to erase inequalities in access to care and outcomes for patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. With these themes in mind, we have compiled a fantastic collection of editorials reflecting on the World Congress. These include lessons learned from a program to care for young children supported by extracorporeal VAD at home by Dr. Oliver Dewald from University Hospital Erlangen, Germany; the latest in neurodevelopmental care for neonates by Dr. Minso Kim; takeaways from the Nursing track sessions by Dr. Sandy Staveski; and a young researcher’s perspective as a first-time attendee and presenter by Dr. Luma Essaid.

I hope these editorials provide a glimpse into the Congress for those of us who missed it, and serve as motivation to continue to exchange ideas with multi-disciplinary and international colleagues for all PCICS members. In addition, we have committee updates and information about a new interview series from ESPNIC. Though compiling the newsletter did little to allay my regret at missing out, I am looking forward to our next PCICS meeting and the next World Congress in 2025. Until then, happy reading!

Mille-Felina-K

Felina Mille MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
Cardiac Intensivist
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia