Cardiology Elective

Department: Medicine
Title of Course: Cardiology Elective
Course Director: Kanjwal, Mohammed MD
Description and Goals of Course:

The elective is designed for students to develop familiarity and proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disorders.  Special emphasis is placed on topics in cardiology that are of particular interest to students planning careers in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties. This rotation is primarily aimed at learning the basic EKG reading and understanding the tachycardias and bradycardias.

Senior students evaluate and participate in the care of patients seen in consultation on the inpatient service at Sinai and in the outpatient clinics in Bel Air, MD and Faculty clinic in Mirowski building. Students are encouraged to attend all cardiology conferences during their rotations including the Journal Club. They will also be encouraged to attend EKG conference on Tuesdays and daily noon conferences. Specific reading materials will be recommended and provided by the Cardiology staff.

CURRICULUM:

The educational content is provided in the following ways:

  • Student will be involved in seeing the consults specifically for electrophysiology.

  • Students will be encouraged to spend some time in the electrophysiology lab to get the first-hand knowledge of arrhythmias and their definitive treatment.

  • Student will also gain knowledge about other cardiac disorders.

  • Student will be given a pretest in electrocardiography and have a post-test after the completion of rotation to review the progress.

  • Student will be asked to prepare specific talks and present to the mentoring attending.

  • Review of all imaging studies related to the patient.  This may include participation of radiologist, echocardiographers and interventional cardiologists or other electrophysiologists.

  • In the absence of primary mentor, student will be asked to attend the faculty cardiology rounds.

PROFESSIONALISM

  • Objective 1: Demonstrate respect and compassionate use of medical skills for cardiac patients. This includes the treatment of patients and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

  •  Objective 2: Demonstrate respect and compassionate use of medical skills dealing with severely-ill patients. 

  • Objective 3: Student will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate an increasing commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and adherence to ethical principles. An effective therapeutic relationship with patients and families will be demonstrated through listening, narrative, and nonverbal skills as well as education and counseling of patients and families.

INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS 

  • Objective 1: The student will develop and demonstrate competence in effective and efficient communication with patients and their families.

  • Objective 2: The student will develop and demonstrate competence in effective and efficient communication with physician colleagues on Cardiology service, physicians from other services, nursing and support staff. Since Cardiology involves interactions with multiple ancillary services including social work, dietary, physical therapy, blood bank, nurse coordinators as well as Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants, communication is essential for the successful treatment of these patients.

 

Duration:

4 weeks

Hours of Participation:

40 hours per week

Number of Students:

1

Location:

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2435 W. Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Time of Year Available:

All year

Additional Comments:

The minimum requirements for acceptance are a medical school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a USMLE Step 1 score of 210 or a COMLEX score of 510 and completion of the Basic Medicine Clerkship.

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