The Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES), a nonprofit organization, is an international group of physicians and allied professionals dedicated to improving the care of children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. The group's primary mission is to foster high-quality collaborative research and exchange of ideas on arrhythmia topics that are particularly relevant to infants and children, or patients of any age with congenital heart disease. The society will, in addition, strive to represent its members on issues pertaining to education in pediatric electrophysiology and related health care policies.
What is a pediatric electrophysiologist?
A pediatric electrophysiologist is a physician or medical professional who has gone through a full course of training in pediatrics and has three more additional years of training in pediatric cardiology. A pediatric electrophysiologist has also completed a year or more of additional training in the area of heart rhythm problems in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
The Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society traces its origin to an informal meeting in the early 80's where current topics of interest were discussed that applied exclusively to pediatric patients with arrhythmias. From this began an annual meeting to discuss and collaborate on the care and treatment of infants, children and young adults with arrhythmias. Collaborative research projects have also been fostered by society members and have become one of the focal points of the organization. Subsequently the Society became incorporated in the state of Michigan as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) in 1991.