Acquire experience in the management of a broad range of cardiac diseases.

In this rotation, you will gain experience managing a broad range of cardiac diseases under the supervision of a cardiology attending.

You will work in conjunction with medical house staff and a cardiology fellow.

Cardiology faculty will supervise your care of patients with primary cardiac problems, including STEMI, NSTEMI, heart failure and CAD. You will work with some patients in the Coronary Care Unit and others on a step-down unit.

The rotation is flexible in format, and to supplement the hands-on clinical experience, depending on interest, you can spend variable amounts of time on electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, echocardiography interpretation with emphasis on basic cardiac anatomy, physiology and pathophysiological correlation.

Conditions Seen

Residents at all levels are expected to consider the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and natural history of the following conditions encountered.

Acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases will be encountered during this elective, including:

  • myocardial infarction
  • unstable angina
  • chronic coronary artery disease
  • evaluation of chest discomfort
  • use and limitations of noninvasive and invasive cardiac testing
  • congestive heart failure
  • arrhythmias
  • lipid disorders
  • hypertension
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • valvular heart disease
  • cardiomyopathy and pulmonary heart disease
  • preoperative evaluation of patients with known or suspected cardiac disease

Learn Clinical Cardiology Procedures

Upon completion of the rotation, you will be proficient in the following common areas of clinical cardiology:

  • diagnosis and management of chest pain
  • use and limitations of noninvasive and invasive testing
  • diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndromes
  • diagnosis and management of congestive heart failure
  • diagnosis and management of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias
  • diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy
  • diagnosis and management of dyslipidemia
  • preoperative evaluation of patients with known or suspected cardiac disease

Year Taken

  • PGY-4

Length of Rotation

2 weeks

Clinical Site

Patient Population

  • 55% female
  • 45% male
  • 15-25% Medicare patients in the ambulatory clinic
  • 35% Medicare patients on hospital services