IU School of Medicine



The course is intended for students with a serious interest in primary care, thoracic surgery, and/or cardiology, and wish to expand their knowledge of the rapidly changing aspects of the surgical treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The student will serve essentially as a house officer on a busy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgical Service encompassing two excellent private hospitals. He or she will assist and participate in operations for acquired heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary disease, and other conditions treated by thoracic surgeons. The student will also be intimately involved in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of the patients, and will participate in the Transplant Program at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. Approximately 12 open-heart operations and a like number of non-cardiac vascular and thoracic operations are performed each week on this Service. At least one transplant is performed in the typical month. Course Director and his associates will personally tutor and supervise students on a daily basis.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops:

Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: William Deschner, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Lutheran Hospital (IUSM - Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

    1. Describe the etiology of common cardiovascular conditions (MK2)
    2. Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common cardiovascular conditions (PC3)
    3. Recognize indications for surgery and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the cardiovascular patient (PC3)
    4. Demonstrate an appropriate physical exam of the cardiovascular patient (PC1)
    5. Apply basic knowledge of cardiovascular surgery in the patient care setting (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Direct observation by the preceptors)

Enrollment Information


4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Conferences and review of the literature

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.  For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.  All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731.. Enrollment needs director's approval   

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None