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Cardiology at VA Medical Center - MEDC 549-V


Successful completion of Junior Internal Medicine and Junior Surgery Clerkship.


Baltimore VA Medical Center

Description and Goals:

The senior medicine clerkship is designed to prepare students to assume direct responsibility for the care of hospitalized medical patients in the VA Cardiac Intensive Care Units and telemetry beds. Students take histories, perform physical examinations, carry out and interpret diagnostic tests, formulate and institute treatment plans, perform procedures under supervision, and conduct day-to-day follow-up of all patients admitted to them. Sub-interns work as an integral member of the cardiac critical care teams.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Shift work - No
Evenings - Yes
Weekends - Yes
Call – Yes, until 10 pm

Course Director:

Philip C. Dittmar, MD, FACP

Administrative Contact:

Theresa Jackson
(410) 328-6070
Fax: (410) 328-0267 

Additional Information:

Teaching conferences include Attending Rounds seven days per week, Morning Report (Mondays-Fridays), Ambulatory Medicine Conference on Monday, Medical Grand Rounds and CPC's on Wednesday, and Journal Club. Key faculty of the Department of Medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center and the Chief of the Medical Service at the VA hold a special clinical conference weekly for the student interns. Sub-interns are also welcome to attend all noon resident conferences during the week.

Learning during duty hours will be by preceptor and problem-oriented record keeping. Students will be taught to be skilled in drawing blood, starting IV's, examining body fluids, taking and interpreting EKGs, and other laboratory test results required for optimal patient care.

All students electing a medical sub-internship are required to spend at least one month at one of the primary teaching hospitals (University Medical Center, VA Medical Center or Mercy Medical Center). Schedule change requests must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the rotation. It will NOT be possible to change a rotation after this time.

Last Revision: April 16, 2013