Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: July - May

Distribution of student's time:
80% inpatient care
10% clinical rounds
10% conferences/lectures

Enrollment/Period: 1 maximum, upon availability

Prerequisites: Required Surgery clerkship

Clerkship Objectives:
At the conclusion of the clerkship, the student should have familiarity with the major thoracic surgical disease prostheses. Each student is given a syllabus outlining the reading requirements. Didactic sessions cover most of the material outlined. Students are perform a complete history and physical examination on two patients per week. The students participate in both operative and ward activities with the cardiothoracic staff.

Evaluation:
The history and physical examination workups are reviewed by both the resident and the attending surgeon. Each student accompanies the surgical team on ward activities where daily discussions of patients and thoracic problems are conducted.

Description:
The student is exposed to the full spectrum of tertiary care cardiac and thoracic surgery. The clerkship can be individualized to the student's interest so as to maximize exposure in the operating room, intensive care unit, outpatient clinic and wards or medical/surgical conferences. Students can focus specifically on thoracic or cardiac surgery for a more in-depth learning experience.

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