Elective Description: This elective is a sub-specialty experience that will expose the student to multiple aspects of clinical cardiology. Areas of work will include: cardiovascular physical examination, clinical consultation, ECG interpretation, Coronary Care Unit experience, Holter monitor interpretation, observation and interpretation experience in echocardiography, observation of Nuclear cardiology imaging, observation periods in cardiac catheterization, and outpatient consultative cardiology office experience. Harrington Hospital is a busy 100-bed hospital that offers a relatively wide range of services and testing capabilities. Patient pathology spectrum is quite interesting for a community hospital and a one-month period of exposure will allow experience with most common cardiology problems seen in the community setting. Common problems will include: the evaluation of angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, chest pain, and causes of dyspnea.
This elective will provide a diverse experience in clinical cardiology in a community setting. The student will be responsible for evaluation and plan formulation and will have the opportunity to observe progress and course of disease over the one-month period.