College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Title of Clerkship: Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Elective Type: Third Year Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: UTMC

Course Number: SURG 760

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Dr. Carrizo 

Elective Description/Requirements:
Students will be given an individualized opportunity to participate in the activities of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Opportunities may be available for clinical experience in the operating room, in management of adult and pediatric cardiac surgical patients, or in clinical research.  The focus will be the development of an understanding of the basic and clinical sciences as they pertain to cardiovascular surgical procedures and pulmonary resection.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Perform and document a surgical history and physical examination. (EPOs: IPC-1, PC-1,PC-3, PC-6, MK-1, MK-4)
  2. Discuss the indications for cardiothoracic surgical procedures. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  3. Interpret and discuss the important anatomic findings related to the various normal and pathologic conditions encountered on the service. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-6, MK-1, MK-4, MK-7, MK-5, PBL-2)
  4. Interpret basic cardiovascular imaging, endoscopy, and diagnostic modalities with recognition of abnormalities. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-6, MK-4)
  5. Synthesize and discusscommon mechanisms of disease related to acquired cardiovascular disease. (EPOs: MK-1, Mk-2, MK-5, MK-7)

Professionalism: UT/COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Education Program Objectives and Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Interpretation of lab data
  2. Diagnostic tests/use and interpretation
  3. Small group discussion
  4. Case studies
  5. Teaching Rounds
  6. Ambulatory care experience: office and outpatient surgery
  7. In-hospital surgical experience

Evaluation methods Employed:

  1. Clinical competency evaluations
  2. Faculty/Resident observation
  3. Professional assessments
  4. Attendance
  5. Case write up

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Yrs 1 and 2, passing USMLE Step 1, completion of Bridge Course.

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419.383.3580

Special Requirements: Participation in night call is recommended because many cases come in after hours. A call schedule will be arranged per individual. 

ECC Approved
June 2023

Last Updated: 7/21/23