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The purpose of this elective is to introduce the student to a balanced approach to clinical cardiology outside of the large hospital environment. The importance of history taking in cardiovascular physical diagnosis will be stressed, as well as the selection of appropriate noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing. Students will be involved in the interpretation of electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, cardiac Doppler, telemetry strips, various types of ambulatory monitors, as well as nuclear myocardial perfusion scanning. Students will be actively involved in the initial evaluation of patients at Riverview Hospital and will improve their presentation skills. Goal: The student should be well prepared for their residency with a good working knowledge of cardiology, cardiac pharmacology, and the appropriate use of cardiovascular testing and treatment modalities.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Michelle Worthman (mlworthm@stvincent.org )

Director: Bruce Schilt, MD, FACC, FAHA, FCCP

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riverview Hospital, Hamilton Heart office (Noblesville)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform an adequate cardiovascular history and physical (PC1)

  • 2) Read EKGs well (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Independent study

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Michelle Worthman (mlworthm@stvincent.org ) Elective may be dropped/added within one week of the start of the elective month. Please contact Michelle Worthman, administrative support (MLWORTHM@stvincent.org, 317-773-7711) at least two weeks prior to the start of the rotation.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None