During this, the basis of your training in clinical cardiology, you’ll care for a diverse patient population with different acuity levels and a broad range of medically complex conditions.

Working with our faculty and a dedicated internal medicine resident team, you’ll manage patients admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center’s CCU.

Common procedures you’ll perform include:

  • inserting Swan-Ganz catheters and transvenous pacemakers
  • managing and removing intra-aortic balloon pumps/Impella devices
  • cardioversion

You may occasionally perform pericardiocentesis as well.

You’ll care for patients with a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions, including:

  • acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction
  • cardiogenic shock
  • cardiac arrest
  • congestive heart failure
  • arrhythmias (SVT, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia, AV block)
  • acute and chronic valvular heart disease (aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis)
  • pericardial disease
  • aortic disease (aortic dissection)
  • congenital heart disease
  • hypertensive emergency

During your CCU rotation, you’ll be on call from home every other night.

Except for the first Sunday and last Saturday of the month, you’ll be off weekends.


  • 15-20 patients daily

Length and Years of Rotation

  • 1 four-week module per year

Clinical Site

Patient Population

  • patients from adolescence through adulthood