SURG 7525

Acting Intern Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery


Yvonne Christensen
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: Students will have the opportunity to become involved in the evaluation and management of patients with cardiac and thoracic surgical diseases. They will be incorporated at the level of a sub-intern on very busy clinical services. They will attend teaching conferences in addition to clinical duties. They may first or second assist on routine thoracic cases and second assist on some cardiac surgeries.


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Site Code

Site Name



Clinics and Surgery Center Thoracic Surgery Clinic

UMMC - East Bank

Students will go to both sites


VA Medical Center


Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Varies by site. Mix of clinic and OR opportunities.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.

SURG Arranged Electives Form

Course Objectives: This elective is designed to expose students to a subspecialty of surgery that is vital to the management of some of the most common medical problems in the United States today. Evaluation of the patient both pre and post-operatively will enhance awareness of the impact of surgery on the patient and his or her disease. Students interested in either surgical or medical fields will develop a greater understanding of cardiothoracic operations, and what it will mean to their future patients. As an advanced surgical rotation, the student is expected to actively participate in surgical procedures, patient ICU management and conferences.

The student will gain exposure and experience in:

  • Diagnosis and management of common cardiac conditions.
  • Diagnosis and management of common pulmonary diseases.
  • First or second assist on thoracic procedures.
  • Second assist on cardiac procedures.
  • Bronchoscopy.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit postoperative management of cardiac and thoracic cases.
  • Teaching conferences in Cardiothoracic surgery.

Graded Components:

  • Clinical assessment by faculty

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel: Danette Oien,

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience:

Secure Exam:

Course evaluation: MedHub