Cardiac Surgery

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Duke Cameron, Alberto Puig, Motaz Qadan
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course will provide exposure to the diagnosis and pre- and post-operative care of the cardiac surgical patient, with direct involvement in patient care. The student will attend weekly Cardiac Didactics and teaching conferences. He/she will take an active part in the operating room and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and will follow selected cardiac surgical patients from admission to discharge. The main emphasis in this course will be on the integration of the student within the cardiac surgical team to effectively learn the anatomy and pathophysiology of cardiac surgical disease and how to care for cardiac surgical patients. The student will: � Read about cases prior to going to operating room � Ask chief resident what case to observe the evening before to allow time to read about the pathology and procedure � Keep log of cases and second assist on a variety of cases to include at least CABG, Aortic and Mitral valve repair or replacement and, ideally, aortic surgery and heart failure surgery. � Attend and participate in rounds each morning and afternoon � Attend cardiac surgical didactic and conferences each week
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Cardiac anatomy and physiology are incorporated into the teaching rounds and daily patient care.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: exceptional aptitude for surgery, excellent knowledge base, performance above expected Honors: Outstanding performance, participation, knowledge base and aptitude Satisfactory: Acceptable performance Unsatisfactory: Lack of participation, dishonesty, failure to attend