The surgical residents will rotate for four to six weeks in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Sinai Hospital during their intern year. During that time, the Sinai resident will be an integral member of the cardiac surgery team, participating in the pre- and post-operative care of cardiac patients and will experience the specific environment of the open-heart operating room.
Understanding the principles of cardiac anesthesia, the physiologic changes associated with cardiopulmonary bypass, the essentials of CICU care and postoperative rehabilitation are among the essential concepts the surgery resident will learn during this rotation. In the operating room, the residents will learn the principles of median sternotomy, cardiac exposure and the concepts of vein harvest.
The surgical residents will attend the following educational activities during their rotation:
- Alternating monthly M&M conference and cardiac journal club
- Weekly surgery core curriculum
- Monthly Hopkins Grand Rounds
- Surgical skills lab
In addition, the residents will receive the following lectures during the subspecialty core curriculum:
- (Patho-)physiology of cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiovascular cooling
- Coronary artery disease: from epidemiology to state-of-the-art therapy
- Valvular heart disease: pathophysiology and management
- Aortic aneurysm and dissection: medical, surgical and endovascular therapy
- Peri-operative care of the cardiac (surgery) patient
- Interventional therapy for heart failure and arrhythmias