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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Elective Catalog Cardiothoracic Surgery Elective

Cardiothoracic Surgery Elective

Preceptor­­—Kimmel Pavilion: Deane E. Smith, MD
Preceptor—NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue: Jorge M. Balaguer, MD
Course Code: 17-01
Contact: Doris Y. Revilla,
Tel: 212-263-7427

Prerequisites: 2-week rotation: none. 4-week rotation: Surgery & Medicine Clerkships


The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a comprehensive elective in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Students rotating on the service will be exposed to all areas of adult cardiac surgery including surgical revascularization, valve repair and replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, VAD and transplant, aortic surgery, surgical myectomy and acute mechanical circulatory support. In addition to an incredible operative experience, the resident will round on his/her patients in our new state of the art Kimmel Pavilion. Here, they will learn critical care management of complex cardiac surgery patients. Clinical research projects are available for student participation. The rotation is typically four weeks in length, and can be tailored to meet an individual student’s particular interest.

Objectives of the Elective

During this elective, the student will be exposed to the full spectrum of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition to the technical aspects of the operations, the student will learn the pathology and pathophysiology of the condition they are trying to treat. In addition, they will learn critical thinking skills that will help them manage sick patients.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

  • The student will scrub and assist in the operating room daily.
    • The student will present to the operating room knowing the patient’s history and his or her pathology; the planned operation; and the potential complications of the procedure.
  • The student will round on his or her patient daily.
    • They will learn the aspects of routine post-op care.
    • They will learn how to identify complications and the appropriate testing and management options.
  • The student will assist in the evaluation of patients as a consultant both on the wards and in the emergency department.
  • The student will attend and participate in the department’s education conferences.

Weekly Conferences

  • Monday: 7:00AM CT Surgery Department core curriculum conference
  • Monday: 7:00AM Morbidity & Mortality monthly departmental conference (fourth Monday of each month)
  • Monday: 4:00PM Pediatrics Congenital Conference (Science Bldg.)
  • Tuesday: 2:00 PM – Weekly student conference
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – CT surgery department core curriculum conference
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor B aortic conference

Monthly Conferences:

  • Aortic Conference - combined Vascular Surgery & Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiogenic Shock Conference
  • Heart Team Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Wet Labs

Method of Evaluation

Students are evaluated by the faculty including the course preceptor and the chief resident(s).

Scheduling Information

Months Offered: All Year
Report To: Doris Y. Revilla, Elective Coordinator, 212-263-7427
Students Per Period: 2
Duration: Two or Four Weeks

Information For Visiting MD Students

*Please note that in addition to the required materials, you must submit a copy of your CV with your documents to the elective coordinator, Doris Y. Revilla,