Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Kamal Khabbaz, Jennifer Wilson
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Not offered in April 2016.
Location: BIDMCW - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-West (12)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the broad field of thoracic and cardiac surgery, particularly those aspects of the speciality that concern both the normal and abnormal physiology of the heart, lung and esophagus. Emphasis will be on the workup of patients, and the student will be encouraged to participate in the operating room and in postoperative care on the wards and in the outpatient clinic. In addition to this participation, the student will be expected to attend a number of teaching conferences dealing with various aspects of thoracic and cardiac disease.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The cardiac surgical patient care pathway followed by the Service serves as the guideline for pre-and post-operative care. The student will observe and participate in a wide range of surgical situations within the context of cardiac and thoracic diseases.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
Criteria used for honors with distinction will based on:
Initiative and timeliness
Exceptional Interest
Participation in the OR
Outstanding patient work-ups and talks to the Cardiac Surgery Division
Criteria used for honors will be based on:
High interested and exceptional fund of knowledge
Timeliness, excellent communication skills
Exceptional presentations and talks about relevant talks
Criteria used for satisfactory knowledge will be based on:
An adequate performance
Good knowledge base
Adequate knowledge of the physiology of the heart, lung and esophagus
Total lack of interest and understanding of the course.