Education Committee August 2020 Update


The PCICS Education Committee has been continuing to diligently work on providing educational materials to PCICS members. The work of the Education Committee has aligned with the PCICS Board of Directors strategic priority of providing educational products, courses and related opportunities to all of our members. The Education Committee will be requesting 5 MD and 4 RN positions later this year, so be on the lookout! The Education Committee is seeking members who have experience or who are interested in virtual education and webinars. If you are interested, please email and

Nursing Curriculum

Melissa Jones, Mary Rummell and Dot Beke are leading the development of a PCICS Nursing Curriculum. Over 75 nurses from North America and Canada have contributed to the curriculum. Chapters include sections related to cardiac defects, acquired heart disease, neonatal, pediatric and adult-specific issues related to congenital heart disease, professional practice, case studies, and simulation scenarios. The content is in the process of review with an expected date of publication in December 2020.

PCICS and OpenPediatrics Curriculum

On behalf of the Education Committee, Shilpa Vellore Govardhan is leading the development of a Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Curriculum for PCICS and OpenPediatrics Collaboration. The PCICS Education Committee recommended this development and collaboration due to OpenPediatrics’ extremely broad outreach that will enable PCICS members to have an enormous platform to offer educational materials. In the coming months, there will be an open call for educators interested in participating in this exciting project and more details to come.

APP Curriculum

The PCICS APP Curriculum Subcommittee continues to work to advance and standardize the education of cardiac intensive/acute care APPs. The four components of the APP Curriculum include a book containing 20 peer-reviewed education modules, didactic review courses, simulation learning sessions, and an exam. The APP curriculum has been recognized as a valuable resource for developing advanced practice nurses. Unfortunately, the APP 2020 on-site courses have been canceled due to COVID19, but the APP curriculum leaders are looking into 2021. If you are interested in attending a course or hosting a course at your institution, please email Lindsey Justice ( and Louise Callow (

Education and Podcast Subcommittee Collaboration

The PCICS Education Committee partnered together with the PCICS Podcast Subcommittee last year to increase streamed educational offerings consisting of Podcast and Webinars. David Werho established a Podcast Subcommittee which included physician and nursing members and has developed a PCICS 2020 podcast curriculum. If you have questions or suggestions for future episodes, please email David Werho at


Amy Donnellan, DNP, CPNP-AC

VAD Nurse Practitioner
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Lilian Su, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine