Department of Medicine - Division of Cardiology
Professor and Head
Mandeep Mehra, MD
First and Second Years
Selective lectures are given on cardiology topics as part of the Cell and Molecular Biology, Functional Systems and Pathophysiology and Therapeutics courses. Cardiac physical diagnosis is taught in lecture and in small groups incorporating normal subjects and patients with abnormal findings.
Clinical Cardiology Elective
Students are given the opportunity to actively participate in patient evaluation and management recommendations on the consultative services at either University of Maryland Medical Center or the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working closely with a cardiology fellow and attending cardiologist. Skills in electrocardiographic interpretation are taught at sessions three times a week specifically directed to senior medical students. The rotation includes the opportunity for the student to observe both invasive and non-invasive cardiology techniques. Numerous conferences are held weekly within the cardiology division and student attendance is encouraged. Specific conferences of interest to the students include EKG interpretation, echocardiographic interpretation, clinical cardiology and cardiology grand rounds.
Post Graduate Program
The Division of Cardiology offers a three year clinical fellowship with additional training available in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. Clinical fellows develop skills in echocardiography, electrocardiography, exercise testing, nuclear cardiology and diagnostic catheterization. Patient management and consultations skills are emphasized. Fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical and basic science research projects.
Hypertension Section (Division of Cardiology)
Elijah Saunders, MD
First and Second Years
Selective lectures are given on hypertension as a part of the physiology, pharmacology, pathology and preventive medicine courses.
Electives are available for fourth-year students who will be exposed to and participate in the entire program of the hypertension section of the Division of Cardiology. This includes experience and supervision in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertensive patients primarily on an outpatient basis. Daily rounds by senior members of the hypertension division will include students electing this rotation. Students will attend the Hypertension Faculty Practice Office and participate in the care of private patients in a very busy office devoted to the care of difficult hypertension problems. Students will participate in ongoing clinical research programs when appropriate. Students may also elect to attend the weekly cardiology clinical rounds sponsored by the Cardiology Division and the Hypertension and Vascular Biology Center research rounds when scheduled.
Summer fellowships in hypertension are available to junior and second-year students (who have taken physical diagnosis). Participation in clinical drug trials will be offered.
Electives for a minimum of one month are available for house officers-in-training at the University of Maryland Medical Center and relevant conferences in the Baltimore community can be attended. Electives are encouraged for residents interested in cardiology, nephrology or endocrinology as well as a career in internal medicine with emphasis on hypertension. Trainees will have an opportunity to work with hypertension specialists from other institutions affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Hypertension Commission of Maryland, the American Heart Association, and the Baltimore Alliance for prevention and treatment of hypertension and diabetes, and other programs in the community which have an interest in hypertension.
Although the hypertension section in the Division of Cardiology does not currently have an independent fellowship program, training opportunities for fellows in Cardiology and other divisions can be arranged.