IU School of Medicine



This course will allow students to assist and participate in operations for acquired heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary disease, and other conditions treated by thoracic surgeions. The student will also be intimately involved in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of the patients. In addition, students will give presentations weekly on topics related to patients currently treated. Students will be involved in all aspects of patient care. They will complete history and physicals, patient exams, discuss surgical treatment options with the course director and patients. Students will actively participate in the operating room, as well as post-operatively.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Douglas Gray, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Parkview Hospital (IUSM - Fort Wayne)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Evaluate patients with lung cancer and apply appropriate clinical staging according to the AJCC 7th edition TNM staging for non-small cell lung cancer (PC1)
  • 2) Evaluate patients with aortic stenosis including processing multiple diagnostic studies to differentiate which treatment modality would be most appropriate for this complex group of patients (PC2)
  • 3) Interact with patients with multi-vessel coronary artery disease and explain the treatment algorithm involved with the spectrum of multi-vessel coronary artery disease (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Participation; Oral presentations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Library; 5% Faculty and Group Study; and 5% Research

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..

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students participate and work collaboratively with our CV Surgery Healthcare Team. They interact daily with PAs, PA students, NPs and our ICU nurses, as well as Surg Techs and Surg Tech students- usually all of the above before 9AM. Also we have a Bi-weeklyVascular an d Bi-weekly TAVR conference with our cardiologists and a multidisciplinary monthly M and M conference with all the aforementioned members of our team as well as the clinical Pharmacists and Anesthesiologists.

Service Learning Included: None