Preceptor(s): Timothy L. Pansegrau,
Sean S. Russell, MD
Period(s) offered and
number of students per period: All periods, 1 student per period
Purpose: To provide
education and experience in the care of patients requiring cardiothoracic
Objectives: Following successful completion of this elective, the
student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac and thoracic
anatomy and pathophysiology as well as the knowledge of the procedure of
- Discuss the indications and interpretation of
diagnostic procedures related to cardiothoracic surgical diseases
including CT scan, cardiac catheterization and angiography.
- Demonstrate the evaluation of the preoperative
patient (including performance of the history and physical examination and
evaluation of lab and imaging data) in order to determine if the patient
is ready to undergo the surgical procedure.
- Participate in operative procedures, and in
the postoperative care of cardiothoracic surgical patients under the
supervision of the preceptor.
- Write thorough, accurate, and complete
Instructional Activities: During this elective, the student will be involved
- Daily patient care rounds with surgical
residents and staff.
- Participating in cardiothoracic surgical
procedures under the supervision of surgical residents and physician
- Participating in departmental educational
programs including conferences and lectures.
- Reading of standard cardiothoracic surgery
textbooks and primary literature.
- Discussing the indications and utilization of
studies and procedures related to the care of the cardiothoracic surgery
Criteria for Grading: During and following this elective, the preceptor will:
by direct observation of clinical skills and review of patient medical
records the student’s ability to perform and document an efficient history
and physical exam on a patient requiring cardiothoracic surgery services.
by direct observation and review of the patient medical records the
student’s ability to use and interpret the laboratory and radiological
studies as they pertain to the patient requiring cardiothoracic surgery
by direct observation the student’s level of proficiency in diagnosis and
treatment of cardiovascular disease.
by direct observation the student’s ability to work as member of an
integrated health team.
by direct observation the student’s ability to present cases and
integrate, assess and learn new information.
the standardized UNDSMHS senior elective evaluation form.