IU School of Medicine



The primary objectives of the course will be exposure to Pulmonary and Medical problems in a Medical/ Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac and Cardiothoracic ICU, The Pulmonary Consult Service and office based Pulmonary Medicine. Specifically, ventilator initiation, management, weaning, outpatient-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia, acute care of exacerbations of chronic lung disease and asthma, management of adult respiratory distress syndrome, and acute respiratory failure in the ICU. Office based problems include COPD, asthma management, dyspnea assessment, abnormal x-rays, sarcoid, lung nodule (s), cough, chest pain. The rotation is flexible and can be weighted in favor of either direction to meet the students needs. Students will be able to stand in on some thoracic surgical procedures and be introduced to sleep medicine. There will be one-on-one discussions about ventilators, hemodynamics, ARDS, SIRS, and complex medical and surgical care and general ICU medical management. There will be informal reading and presenting some assigned topics to discuss with staff to maximize learning. Students can decide how much time in office or in hospital they prefer.during the month and brief exposure to Sleep Medicine. Everyone will have some time with me. How much time between myself and my partners, depends on how the student wishes to lay out the month.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Mitchell Pfeiffer, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the management of the critically ill patient including acute clinical syndromes, and abnormal hemodynamic and respiratory/pulmonary variables (MK4)
  • 2) Describe the etiology of common pulmonary/critical care medicine conditions (MK2)
  • 3) Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for these common conditions (PC3)
  • 4) Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the pulmonary/critical care patient (PC3)
  • 5) Demonstrate an appropriate physical exam of these patients (PC1)
  • 6) Apply basic knowledge of pulmonology and critical care medicine in patient care setting (MK5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 25% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org). We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None