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Heart University: A new online education forum in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac care. The future of virtual learning in a post-pandemic world?

Cardiology in the Young, April 2020

Justin T. Tretter, Jonathan Windram, Theresa Faulkner, Michelle Hudgens, Skaiste Sendzikaite, Nico A. Blom, Katarina Hanseus, Rohit S. Loomba, Colin J. McMahon, Bistra Zheleva, R. Krishna Kumar, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Erwin N. Oechslin, Gary D. Webb, Andrew N. Redington

Online learning has become an increasingly expected and popular component for education of the modern-day adult learner, including the medical provider. In light of recent coronavirus pandemic, there has never been more urgency to establish opportunities for supplemental online learning. Heart University aims to be the ‘go-to online resource’ for e-learning in congenital heart disease and pediatric acquired heart disease. It is a carefully-curated open access library of pedagogical material for all providers of care to children and adults with congenital heart disease or children with acquired heart disease, whether  a trainee or a practicing provder. In this manuscript, we review the aims, development, current offerings and standing, and future goals of Heart University.

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Reply to letter “Leveraging e-learning for medical education in low- and middle-income countries”

Cardiology in the Young, June 2020

Justin T. Tretter, Preeti Ramachandran, Bistra Zheleva, Jackie Boucher, Sarah de Loizaga Carney, Jonathan Windram, Andrew N. Redington, Raman Krishna Kumar

“We are particularly pleased and thankful that MA and Vervoort chose to focus their letter on the potential impact which Heart University may play in providing online supplemental education in low- and middle-income countries. While there are many ongoing developments and future aims laid out in our review of Heart University, one for which we are most excited is the e-content aimed for providers of congenital and paediatric acquired heart disease in low- and middle-income countries.”

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Telehealth Medicine Use in the Adult Congenital Cardiology Practice - How to Incorporate Telehealth into Your Clinical Practice During These Difficult Times

Congenital Cardiology Today, June 2020

Jonathan D. Windram, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP; Justin T. Tretter, MD; Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways that we did not envisage just over a month ago. At the time of writing, over 170,000 people have lost their lives worldwide and 4.5 billion people are under quarantine to slow the pandemic.1 In addition to the acute burden COVID-19 is placing on our emergency rooms and intensive care units, we are also having to adapt our outpatient clinical practice to delay any non-urgent in-person visits in an attempt to limit exposure to patients and providers. As health care providers we find ourselves rapidly transitioning from the normal clinical visit in person to telephone or telehealth visits when appropriate. How do we do this effectively? What tips and tricks are there to performing a telehealth visit well? And with this increasing comfort and experience with telehealth, are we recognizing there may be an increased role for telehealth which outlives this pandemic?

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Heart University Hosts Historical Event With First Webinar in Series of "Contemporary Questions in Congenital Heart Disease"

Congenital Cardiology Today, June 2020

Justin T. Tretter, MD and Jonathan D. Windram, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP

The highlight of the webinar was the contemporary and somewhat contentious questions forming the basis for the six presentations, along with the clear expertise and excellent insight provider by the six panelists.