Clinical Cardiology

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Marwa Sabe, Peter Zimetbaum
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BIDMCE - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-East (1)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course will enable students to acquire the fundamentals of clinical cardiology. Students will be assigned to the clinical consultation service. Students will evaluate patients in whom cardiac consultation is required including patients with arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular disease. Along with the Senior Cardiology attending and fellows,the student will formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan. There will be the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cardiac physical diagnosis, electrocardiography, echocardiography, exercise testing, cardiac catheterization and angiography, and nuclear cardiology. The student will participate in daily ECG reading sessions and is also welcome to attend at the various clinical and teaching conferences that occur during the week. If the student wishes, they can spend some time acquiring a more in-depth knowledge of the elements of cardiac care, which could include time spent in the cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, electrophysiology labs or in the out-patient department.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The elements of cardiac physiology, hemodynamics and electrophysiology and how they relate to cardiac diseases form an integral part of the assessment of the patients seen on this rotation. The consult team will use evidence-based medicine to design and implement care and treatment plans for each patient.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: The student demonstrates abilities in the above mentioned areas that are superior to the vast majority of their student peers (i.e.. in the top 5-10% of all students assessed). Honors: The student demonstrates abilities in the above mentioned areas that are significantly above average in comparison to their student peer (i.e. in the top 30% of student peers). Satisfactory: The student demonstrates abilities in the above mentioned areas that are average in comparison to their student peers. Unsatisfactory: It should be rare for a student to achieve an unsatisfactory grade. This grade would be reserved for a student with not only poor clinical acumen but also poor interpersonal skills and/or questionable ethical standards.