Cardiothoracic Surgery Elective
Preceptor—Kimmel Pavilion: Deane E. Smith, MD
Preceptor—NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue: Jennifer L. Ellis, MD
Course Code: 17-01
Contact: Doris Y. Revilla, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Attend weekly and monthly conferences:
- Tuesday: 2:00 PM – Weekly student conference
- Wednesday: 7:00 AM – CT surgery department core curriculum conference
- Wednesday: 6:00 PM – Morbidity and Mortality monthly departmental conference
- Friday: 7:00 AM – CT surgery department core curriculum conference
- Friday: 7:00 AM – Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor B aortic conference
- Aortic Conference - combined Vascular Surgery & Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Heart Team Conference
- Cardiogenic Shock Conference
- Wet Labs
Method of Evaluation
Students are evaluated by the faculty including the course preceptor and the chief resident(s).
Months Offered: All Year
Report To: Doris Y. Revilla, Elective Coordinator, 212-263-7427
Students Per Period: 2
Duration: Two or Four Weeks