College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Title of Clerkship: Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Elective Type: Fourth Year Medical Student Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: UTMC

Course Number: SURG 704

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Dr. DeRiso

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. Obtain and document a surgical history and physical examination. (EPOs: IPC-1, PC-1,PC-3, PC-6, MK-4, MK-1)
  2. Describe  the indications for cardiothoracic surgical procedures. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  3. Describe 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. Perform preoperative evaluation and describe postoperative ventilator management , pulmonary care, hemodynamic monitoring, pharmacologic cardiovascular treatment, and chest/mediastinal tube management. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6 MK-7)
  5. Interpret cardiovascular  imaging, endoscopy, and diagnostic modalities with recognition of abnormalities. (EPOs: PC-6, MK-4, PC-7)
  6. Describe common mechanisms of disease related to acquired cardiovascular disease. (EPOs:  MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-7, PC-8)
  7. Describe the key steps of procedures performed while on the service. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, PC-7, MK-4, MK-7)
  8. Perform a nutritional assessment and assess ventilator management. (EPOs: MK-4, MK-5, MK-7, PC-7)
  9. Synthesize  the basic science of wound healing and wound management and discuss a plan. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, 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. Ambulatory care experience
  6. Grand Rounds
  7. Teaching Rounds
  8. Residency program/department conferences

Evaluation methods Employed:

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required Surgery clerkship.

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: 4/29/24