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Electives - Cardiology

Cardiology in Salem

Elective Number: 1603 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Nabil Jarmukli

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Nabil.Jarmukli@va.gov; VA Pager 1302, ext 1476, Bldg 143, Room 1EF-148

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Evaluation should be given to: Dr. Jarmukli

Available: all rotations

Duration: Maxiumum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

For Orientation, Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders or Brenda Casinger, Medical Service Student Coordinators

Time to Report for Orientation: 1:00 pm

Place to Report for Orientation: Building 143 C1-56; room 1EF-115 or room 1EF-116

Typical day: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Suggested preparatory reading: EKG (Marriott); Textbook of Medicine (Harrison's)

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The Cardiology Section serves as the consultant for patients with cardiovascular problems at Salem VAMC. The purpose of this elective is to provide the students with basic knowledge in cardiovascular diseases. The student will:

  • Participate in the CCU rounds with attending cardiologist;
  • Be responsible for seeing patients with cardiovascular problems and present them to the attending cardiologist;
  • Participate in the cardiology clinic which meets one afternoon a week for new consults;
  • Observe and participate in invasive procedures (i.e., right heart catheterization, Swan-Ganz, arterial line); stress testing; echocardiography; nuclear cardiology;
  • Read 15 electrocardiograms daily under the supervision of the attending cardiologist. 

Goals and objectives:

  • learning cardiovascular history and physical examination;
  • learning to write cardiovascular medication orders;
  • formulating a diagnostic and therapeutic plan;
  • reading EKGs;
  • approach to critical patients in ICU; hemodynamic and arrhythmic problems;
  • chest pain evolution; heart failure assessment;
  • overview of stress testing, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization. Methods: ICU rounds, stress test, echo lab and cath lab rotation, consults.