Acting Internship: Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Mason Ste. Marie
In the U.S., cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and many patients require surgical treatment for cardiovascular disease. Understanding the principles of diagnosis and management of complications in cardiac surgical patients is essential for students interested in pursuing a career in critical care regardless of avenue (surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and anesthesiology). The goal of the Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) clerkship is to give students the opportunity to develop basic skills in evaluation and treatment of patients requiring cardiac surgery including management of patients requiring mechanical circulatory support such as ventricular assist devices (VAD's) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
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Required session attendance: Orientation w/clerkship director; afternoon didactics with CA-1s that typically start at 4PM
Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F 6AM-5PM
Direct patient care: Yes
Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- describe the diagnosis and management of complications in cardiac surgical patients
- identify indications for mechanical circulatory support
- manage patients with intra-aortic balloon pumps, left ventricular assist devices, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- Clinical Assessment by Preceptor
Grading Scale: H/E/S/N
Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed
Course equivalency: Does Not Apply