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Elective Title: 49MC706 — CLINICAL CARDIOLOGY


This cardiology elective will involve active participation in an all-inclusive cardiac program providing wide exposure to aspects of clinical cardiology, both invasive and noninvasive. There is emphasis on electrocardiography interpretation with the students spending three hours per week with staff to review electrocardiograms. In addition, the students will spend 3 weeks in the hospital working closely with the cardiologist caring for hospitalized patients and two weeks rotating through the outpatient setting with exposure to outpatient physical examinations, treadmill testing, echocardiography testing and nuclear testing. The entire group of students will participate in cardiac fellow sessions to discuss various aspects of cardiology. In addition, attendance at general conference at St. Vincent Hospital is encouraged.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Janet Rippy, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital, The Heart Center of Indiana, SVMG offices (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Interpret ECGs focusing on arrhythmias, abnormalities consistent with acute myocardial injury, infarction, non specific abnormalties, Bundle branch blocks and some work on metabolic abnormalities (PC3)
  • 2) Take a concise cardiac history focusing on ischemic events, arrhythmic events, CHF or valvular diagnoses (PC1)
  • 3) Identify classic murmurs of mitral, aortic valves and to a lesser degree pulmonic and tricuspid valves, understand physical findings of CHF and ischemia (PC2)
  • 4) Discuss the medications used to treat coronary patients whether acute or chronic or with intervention; CHF and have an initial understanding of the antiarrhythmic drugs available and anticoagulation/antiplatelet drugs (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The students are assigned for a week to a staff cardiologist (in the in patient sphere)who assigns work to them and then evaluates the work via direct observation or discussion with the faculty. In some instances, they are observing and wouldn't get an evaluation unless they had been supervised for at least 3 days by the OP cardiologist to whom they are assigned.For the ECG interpretation, the students are assigned ECGs daily and are responsible for interpreting them in front of me several times a week and I assess their interpretive skills. Each of the assigned staff fills out the usual evaluative tool and I compile the results on the clinical performance evaluation form from the contributions of the staff).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org) To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo, bvdragoo@ascension.org. We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option. Students may only miss 3 days in the course. Interview schedules may not fit into this restriction. THIS COURSE MAY ONLY BE ADDED NO LATER THAN THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO START DATE. IT MUST BE DROPPED NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKs PRIOR TO START DATE.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None