SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Cardiology Consultation in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 3 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Osvaldo Gigliotti, M.D., Matthew Rogers, M.D.
Other Faculty:
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Judy Terlik at 512-324-7960
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), NOT including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 To develop skills in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.

 At the completion of the four week elective, the student should be able to: 1. Obtain the pertinent history and detect major abnormalities on physical examination. 2. Recognize the indications for and limitations of laboratory procedures commonly used in the detection and management of cardiovascular disease. 3. Recognize the normal and commonly encountered abnormalities on the electrocardiogram. 4. Participate in the management of common cardiac problems. 5. Evaluate patient's cardiac risk during non-cardiac surgery.

Description of course activities
 Students see daily consults, formulating an assessment and treatment plan for each patient which is then presented to residents and faculty. Exposure to exercise stress testing is provided, if desired. Students spend time with residents and faculty. Students will interpret electrocardiograms and other noninvasive and invasive diagnostic tests.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 This elective should be of value to students interested in internal medicine, family practice and adult cardiology, or to those entering other specialties which frequently encounter patients with cardiovascular problems. Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take MEDU-4112 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:00AM, Perform AM consults received Perform PM consults received-5:00PM
  Tuesday 8:00AM, Perform AM consults received Perform PM consults received-5:00PM
  Wednesday 8:00AM, Perform AM consults received Perform PM consults received-5:00PM
  Thursday 8:00AM, Perform AM consults received Perform PM consults received-5:00PM
  Friday 8:00AM, Perform AM consults received Perform PM consults received-5:00PM
  Saturday off off
  Sunday off off
  Average number of patients seen per week: 10  
  Call Schedule:   None  

  Research Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Activity Hours per Week
  Faculty contact time

  Self-directed study

  Data collection/analysis


Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Faculty, fellow, residents and interns rotating on the service.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    10-14 per week.
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Standard UTMB format.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    10-14 per week.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Standard UTMB format.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    The student will be assigned patients referred to the service by the faculty and/or the fellow.
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    The student will be assigned referral patients as the referrals are received.

6.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    Student performance is evaluated by faculty and fellows based upon daily association.
7.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.
B. List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.
C. List other advanced clinical skills that a student may be exposed to depending on clinical case availability.
  D. How will the acting intern student have responsibilities similar to a PGY1 resident? How will their responsibilities differ?
  E. How will this course help prepare a student enter an internship in this field or a related field?
  F. How will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?
  G. Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different faculty are they likely to encounter during this course? What is the usual number of working days they can expect to encounter the same individual faculty member? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers.