Cardiology

The number of students at any one time is limited in order to enhance learning.  Students are encouraged to book electives as far in advance as possible as they will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

 

Pre-clerkship Students

 

Useful links:

Cardiology Elective Information for 1st and 2nd Year uOttawa Medical Students (PDF)

List of Doctors for uOttawa Pre-Clerkship Medical Student electives (PDF)

 

1.  Cardiovascular Diagnosis Elective

Objectives:

  • To develop the skills required in order to elicit a pertinent cardiovascular history and the relevant physical examination findings in patients with cardiovascular disease;
  • To integrate normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology into the clinical setting;
  • To learn about the diagnostic tools available for the evaluation of cardiac patients.

Description

The elective spans four weeks during the Cardiology content of Unit 1 of the first-year medical curriculum at the University of Ottawa.  Each week, a different patient will be interviewed and examined by a cardiologist.  Students will use stethophones to hear the patients heart sounds, both normal and abnormal.  The relevant pathophysiology will be discussed as will some of the tools (e.g. ECG, echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, etc) that can be used to further evaluate the patients problems. A sign-up sheet will be circulated by the Undergraduate Medical Office during the month of December.

Available to: First year medical students at the University of Ottawa
Time: 14:00-15:30 or 15:30-17:00 on Friday afternoons in January
Location: Foustanellas Auditorium, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Supervisor: Dr. Kwan Chan

2.  Self-Arranged Mini-Electives

Objectives:

  • To explore the field of cardiology through exposure to the practice of a staff cardiologist or senior cardiology resident or fellow.

Description:

Students will arrange to shadow a preceptor, ideally through a cross-section of his or her clinical responsibilities.  Students may be involved in patient encounters in the ambulatory care clinics, on in-patient wards or in the coronary care unit, or be exposed to specialized diagnostic procedures or treatments, including echocardiography, nuclear testing, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology studies.

Available to: First and second year medical students at the University of Ottawa
Time: Minimum 10 hours
Location: University of Ottawa Heart Institute or Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
Supervisor: Students are encouraged to contact individual preceptors with whom they would like to work.

Clerkship Students

Useful link:

Cardiology Elective Information for Clerkship level uOttawa and Visiting Medical Students (PDF)

 

1. General Ward Cardiology

Objectives

  • To improve history-taking and physical examination skills with respect to the cardiovascular system;
  • To expand knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disorders, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and arrhythmia;
  • To interpret diagnostic tests, with a particular focus on the electrocardiogram, within the clinical context of the patient;
  • To afford an exposure to the myriad evidence-based treatments available to cardiology patients, including both medical and mechanical.

Description

Students will become members of the ward medical team, generally consisting of one attending physician and a variable number of post-graduate trainees and other medical students.  Clinical responsibilities will include the primary care of an appropriate number of cardiology inpatients as well as daily ward rounds with the team.  Students will be provided with an educational schedule and will be expected to attend formal teaching rounds.

If the number of students on the service or student interest warrants it, an outpatient component may be added to the elective.

Available to: Medical students in clerkship at any Canadian medical school
Time: Two weeks (minimum) four weeks
Location: University of Ottawa Heart Institute or Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
Supervisor: Individual preceptors

 

2. Community Cardiology Elective

Objectives:

  • To gain exposure to out-patient community based cardiology assessment and follow-up.
  • To improve history-taking and physical examination skills with respect to the cardiovascular system;
  • To expand knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disorders, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, arrhythmia and cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia
  • To observe and understand the appropriate indications for non-invasive cardiac testing including:
  • ECGs, Treadmill stress testing, stress echocardiography, stress myocardial perfusion imaging, pharmacologic stress testing, Holter monitoring and Cardiac Loop Recording and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • To understand the barriers to the application of evidence-based therapies  available to cardiology patients as they relate to chronic cardiovascular disease management;

Description:

Students will participate in evaluation of patients, consultations and followup visits in clinics at the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre (OCC) and the Cardiopulmonary Centre at the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Students will have one on one supervision and interaction with cardiologists from the OCC. In addition, students will have the opportunity to observe all aspects of cardiac testing including cardiac catheterization and participate in reading sessions of non-invasive cardiac testing.



Available to:

Medical students in clerkship at any Canadian medical school and Canadians studying abroad

Time:

Two weeks (minimum) four weeks

Location:

Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre and Riverside Campus Cardiopulmonary Centre- Ottawa Hospital.

Supervisor:

Dr. Joel Niznick, Dr. John Dawdy and Dr. John Fulop (students will be scheduled with all physicians)

 

 

 

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