Clinical Cardiology in the Outpatient Setting

Sites: BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Charles Blatt, Sheila Hegde
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Open for Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March and April
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This course is a one-month exposure to outpatient, office-based cardiology at the Lown Cardiovacular Center. The subject matter will include the office-based diagnosis and management of chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, near syncope and syncope, with emphasis on the managment of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and cardiac arrhythmia. The students will have ample exposure to office-based diagnostic testing including exercise tolerance testing, stress echocardiography, echocardiography, ambulatory monitoring, event recording, and pacemaker surveillance. The course will focus on the critical link between office and hospital-based cardiology with exposure to the decision-making process leading to hospitalization and the care of the recently discharged cardiac patient. Instruction in the interpretation of electrocardiograms and arrhythmia analysis will be provided.