PEDI661GM.01 (Reno)
Pediatric Cardiology

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pediatric Cardiology
  • Short Name: PEDI661GM.01 PEDI Cardiology
  • Course Number: PEDI661GM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department: Department of Pediatrics
  • Department Contact: Diane Hamada
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Katrinka Kip, M.D.
    • Joe Ludwick, M.D.
    • Shilpi Garg, M.D.

Please contact the Department of Pediatrics (775) 982-8009 Renown Center for Advanced Medicine C 75 Pringle WayRenoNV89502 Reno39.526480-119.79458117HYBRID Suite 503 0333 to verify elective availability.


  • The student will gain an understanding of the common signs and symptoms suggestive of a cardiovascular etiology through knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system as it relates to the subspecialty of pediatric cardiology.

Description of Rotation

This is a 2 week rotation during which the student will have access to patients with congenital heart disease. During the course of the rotation the student will observe the inpatient and outpatient duties of a pediatric cardiologist; including basic physical exam, echocardiography, critical care in the NICU and PICU settings, electrocardiography, fetal echocardiography, and surgical planning. In addition to the clinical responsibilities, there will be didactic sessions regarding the physiology of the heart, critical cardiac relevant history taking, arrhythmia, and a thorough review of congenital heart disease.



• Course manual to be provided to student.
• Moss and Adams Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, including the Fetus and Young Adult, sixth edition. Hugh D. Allen editor, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2001.

Evaluation Method

Based on subjective assessment by all attendings over the course of the rotation.  Students will be assessed on their willingness to receive instruction, preparation, and mastery of the learning objectives as outlined.


  • 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

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the 2 week rotation students will be able to:

1. Perform an effective cardiac physical examination of a pediatric patient.
2. Identify cardiac relevant information during a medical interview.
3. Identify evidence of heart failure in a pediatric patient.
4. Understand and recite the physiology and pathophysiology of common congenital heart diseases.

Additionally at the end of a 4 week rotation students will be expected to:

5. Understand and recite the physiology and pathophysiology of complex congenital heart diseases.
6. Interpret and evaluate pediatric electrocardiograms.
7. Effectively participate in planning for the care pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.
8. Effectively build a well-rounded differential for a pediatric patient who may or may not have heart disease.

Please contact the Department of Pediatrics to verify elective availability.