Elective in Cardiac Surgery


  • To provide the student with an understanding of surgical aspects of heart disease and the treatment modalities.
  • To understand the principles of perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients.


As a 1-2 week elective, the experience is designed to provide the student with an exposure to cardiac surgery. Through a series of lectures, indications for surgical treatment of various cardiac diseases including coronary disease, valvular disease, and arrhythmias will be presented. The surgical options for therapy will be discussed including coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, pacemaker technology and circulatory assistance. The student will be expected to participate in clinics, the operating room and the intensive care areas under supervision. For those students who have a special interest in cardiac surgery, a 4 week elective is provided. In addition to the experience provided above, the student will be introduced to various techniques in the operating room and intensive care areas. The student will be exposed to the perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients. Further experience will be provided to improve understanding of pacemakers, cardiopulmonary bypass, left ventricle assist device and other forms of mechanical circulatory support.

Location: University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Duration: 2 to 4 weeks

No. of Students: 3

Available for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students

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