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Cardiology Service (PCS) at UMMC - MPCS 548


Successful completion of Internal Medicine and Surgery Clerkships


University of Maryland Medical Center

Description and Goals:

The course objectives are: 1) to have the student understand the physiology of ischemic heart disease, arrhythmias and congestive heart failure; and 2) to understand the acute and subacute treatment of severely ill patients with these diseases.

The student will act as an intern in the Primary Cardiology Service, which cares for patients in both the CCU and the step-down unit. This will include morning rounds, at which time the student will be expected to present new patients and follow-up previously presented patients. Students will work up patients, perform indicated procedures under supervision, and order appropriate tests and treatments. The student will be supervised by an attending physician, cardiology fellow and resident. Attendance at cardiology conferences is required.

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

Faculty Responsible:

Philip C. Dittmar, MD

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