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Cardiac Surgery Critical Care - CSUR 549


3 years of medical school, Surgery or Internal Medicine Clerkship and a second clerkship in any specialty


Cardiac surgery ICU

Description and Goals:

Senior medical students will serve as essential team members on the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CS-ICU) at University of Maryland. The CS –ICU is one of the few places where a student in just a 24 hour period can manage acute cardiac and respiratory failure and see the conditions resolve. Students will be exposed to open heart surgery patients, heart and lung transplant patients, patients with heart assist devices and patient undergoing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The student will be expected to admit, present and follow 1-2 patients from admission to discharge under the direct supervision of a unit attending or fellow. Each student will have the responsibility of a PGY 1 resident. The core of the program will be patient oriented teaching performed at the bedside on a daily basis, utilizing the full spectrum of clinical and physiologic data available in the ICU setting. Emphasis will be placed on learning the physiological principles and techniques as they apply to the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients with a variety of post-operative cardio-respiratory diseases. Students will be taught the physiology underlying cardiopulmonary diagnosis/ monitoring as well as state of the art concepts that underlie current trends in the management of critically ill patients.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 13-40


Day shift, certainly can join in a do a night shift 7p-7a if wishes, with next day off

Faculty Responsible:

Daniel L. Herr MD

Administrative Contact:

Morgan Cook
(410) 328-1201  

Last Revision: January 18, 2013