Clinical Cardiology

Sites: MTAH
Director(s): Jeffrey Leavitt
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month.
Location: MTAH - Mount Auburn Hospital (11)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course will give students a well-rounded exposure to clinical cardiology as it is practiced in a community hospital. Students will participate in the evaluation of cardiac catheterization patients; see and present cardiology consultations; make daily rounds in the coronary care unit with the Unit Attending Physician; and assist in exercise testing and echocardiography. In addition, students may sit in with the daily EKG reader. Opportunities may also be available for experience in evaluation of cardiac patients in the outpatient setting, and for observation of cardiac surgery.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Basic science and evidence-based medicine is incorporated into daily attending rounds with regard to cases the students will be exposed to on the cardiology service. Students are expected to incorporate basic science into at least one formal presentation during the course of the month
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: The student performing at a Honors with Distinction level will demonstrate outstanding proficiency throughout the rotation in terms of their history taking and physical exam skills, written and verbal clinical presentations, their scholarly presentation, and interpersonal skills and professionalism. Students earning Honors with Distinction are in the top 10% of students at their level. They will have displayed enthusiasm and initiative, and will show evidence of performing outside work. Honors: Students performing at an Honors level will consistently perform above their appropriate level and will be in the top 25% of their peer group. They will have performed at an excellent level in all facets of the rotation, including clinical skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism. They will have displayed enthusiasm and initiative during the rotation. Satisfactory: Students performing at a Satisfactory level will demonstrate skills and abilities appropriate to their level of training. They will exhibit clinical judgment and history, exam and presentation skills appropriate to their level of training. They will satisfactorily complete all tasks requested of them and maintain an adequate level of preparation and fund of knowledge. Unsatisfactory: Students performing at an Unsatisfactory level are not reliably prepared for their tasks including clinical presentations, and will exhibit a fund of knowledge and clinical skills and judgment below their appropriate level of training. These students may be unreliable in terms of being consistently present for the rotation and will not have displayed enthusiasm or initiative during the rotation.