Program Coordinators: Gian Novaro, MD and Kenneth R. Fromkin, MD

Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: Year round
No. of Students: 1
Time: Full time

Prerequisite

Completion of core clerkship in internal medicine and course in physical diagnosis. Open to senior medical students.

Objectives

To further the student’s skill in obtaining a history, performing a physical examination and interpreting laboratory data pertaining to the cardiovascular system.

Description

Working closely with a staff cardiologist, each student actively participates in the evaluation of patients with a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. Students work in the outpatient clinic with no night or weekend call. Emphasis is placed on clinical cardiology, consultations, preoperative evaluations, and non-invasive diagnostic testing. Students develop basic skills in electrocardiography, stress testing, Holter monitoring, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Students also become acquainted with cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures and become acquainted with all aspects of a full service interventional cardiology laboratory. Referred patients with specific cardiovascular disorders are seen in detail to obtain the pertinent data needed for evaluation and development of a treatment plan.

Regular teaching conferences are conducted by students and the staff cardiologist assigned to the service for that month.

Evaluation

Evaluations are performed by the staff members to whom students are assigned. A report is given to the dean and phase coordinator upon request.