Clinical Electrocardiography Elective
Preceptor: Jeffrey Lorin, M.D.
Course Code: 04-06
Telephone: (212) 686-7500 X3398
Prerequisites: Medicine Clerkship, Fourth year students only. This elective best serves students who are interested in internal medicine and emergency medicine and therefore is only offered to students going into internal medicine and emergency medicine.
Under supervision, the student participates in all activities involving electrocardiography. The ECG elective starts at 8:30am and generally lasts until the early afternoon. The ECG elective is designed to teach advanced interpretation of the electrocardiogram, with a specific emphasis on cardiac arrhythmia. Medical students are expected to come in with a basic understanding of the principles of electrocardiography. Medical students will interpret all of the day's ECGs, which will then be reviewed and verified by the attending. There will be a review of interesting ECGs each day with the attending. There will be ample opportunity for the students to ask any questions regarding specific ECGs or principles of electrocardiography. We will also review legendary ECGs which have been saved for specific teaching points. There is an expectation that the student will read at least one ECG textbook (preferably not Dubin) during the elective. A review of specific subjects such as myocardial ischemia and infarction, Brugada syndrome, WPW, SVT, ventricular tachycardia, AV block, electrolyte abnormalities, pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers and ICDs will be discussed.
The class coincides with the ECG elective for internal medicine house staff.
For satisfactory completion of this elective the student is required to be present on at least three quarters of the teaching days. Students who schedule large numbers of internship interviews are advised not to take this elective during those months.
Objectives of the Elective
The principal objective is to expose the student to all aspects of the principles and interpretation of clinical electrocardiography and electrophysiology.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
- Each morning students will participate in electrocardiographic interpretation under the direction of an attending cardiologist.
- Students will be assigned specific topics in electrocardiography to present to the entire class
- Students must read a textbook on electrocardiography (preferably not Dubin)
- Students must bring calipers
A review of specific subjects such as Brugada syndrome, WPW, SVT, ventricular tachycardia, AV block, electrolyte abnormalities, pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers and ICDs will be discussed in detail.
Method of Evaluation
Students are assessed via personal observation of the students by an Attending Cardiologist on the basis of proficiency in ECG interpretation, active engagement, participation, and scholarship.
Months Offered: 2 weeks in July, Sept, Jan & March
Report To: 8:30 AM, VA Medical Center, 12South room 12077S
Students Per Period: Maximum 5, there is a physical limitation due to the size of the classroom.
Duration: Two Weeks