IMED661AM.01 (Reno)
Cardiology

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Cardiology
  • Short Name: IMED661AM.01 Cardiology
  • Course Number: IMED661AM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department: Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department Contact: Dawn Younie
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 – 4 weeks (4 preferred)
  • Preceptors:
    • Anurag Mehta, M.D. (VA) and Rajindra Sarin, M.D. at VAMC Reno
    • Devang Desai, M.D. and colleagues with St. Mary’s Cardiology
    • David Baker, M.D. and colleagues with Carson Tahoe Cardiology, Carson City, NV

Please contact the Department of Internal Medicine to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • To enhance cardiac physical diagnostic skills
  • To develop skills in evaluating and managing cardiac patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The major focus will be on patients with ischemic heart disease, heart failure, dysrhythmia recognition and treatment, and application of clinical guidelines.
  • To develop expertise in ECG interpretation
  • To learn the indications/contraindications for; what information can be obtained from; and the limitations of routine cardiac procedures (e.g. echo, cath, treadmill, nuclear, CT).

Description of Rotation

Students perform inpatient consultations at VA SNHCS, see outpatients in the VA clinics. Students will review all cardiac graphics (e.g. EKG, echo, cath, treadmill, nuclear studies) on each of their patients with the faculty. Students will have the opportunity to attend and "scrub in" on cardiac catheterizations on the patients whom they are following.
Students are expected to round at least one weekend out of the month.

References/Materials

  • Heart Disease (Eugene Braunwald)
  • American College of Cardiology practice guidelines for evaluation and treatment of acute
  • MI, CHF, and Acute Coronary Syndromes.

Evaluation Method

Clinical evaluations based on interaction with attending

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Students will be assigned to one of the above preceptor groups. Students may indicate their preference, however there are limits on numbers of students at any given time with all the groups.

Must start at the beginning of a block. Max. 1 student per block.

To achieve honors, the student should make a presentation on a cardiology topic during the rotation and their performance must be clearly above average in comparison to their peers. They must excel in areas of medical knowledge, clinical care and ethical/ professional conduct. They should function near the level of an intern.
If any student is not meeting the requirements of the rotation, he/she will be advised mid-rotation that they will receive a failing mark if substantial improvements are not seen during the latter part of the rotation.