IU School of Medicine



Experience will be gained with pulmonary function testing and interpretations, blood gas analysis and interpretations of chest roentgenograms. The student will have an opportunity to observe and perform some procedures such as thoracentesis, subclavian intubation, and chest tube placement. This elective may be taken in sequence with any other elective offered at the Evansville Center for Medical Education. Outpatient experience (office, coal workers' Pneumoconiosis and Tuberculosis Clinics, and sleep lab) available if student interested.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu)

Director: David Harris, M.D.

Campus: Evansville

Location: Deaconess Hospital, Inc. (Evansville)

Other Faculty: David Ryon, M.D. (co-director); Dan Vardi, M.D.; Kurt Bottles, M.D.; Muhammad Habib, M.D.; Dan Henry, M.D., Khawaja Zaki, MD; Tameem Al-Aqtash, MD; Matthew Tucker, DO; Jessica Jeffries, MD

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate how to take a comprehensive medical history as it pertains to intensive care patients (PC1)
  • 2) Perform an accurate physical examination as it pertains to intensive care issues (PC1)
  • 3) Prioritize the history and physical examinations with logical prioritizing of patient problems (PC1)
  • 4) Discuss how continuous improvement of medical knowledge affects to apply this knowledge to the care of intensive care patients (PBLI1)
  • 5) Employ effective communication with peers, families and patients in the intensive care setting (ISC1)
  • 6) Facilitate the coordination of care for intensive care patients within a health system (SBP1)
  • 7) Apply knowledge of the indications, contraindications, complications, and limitations of the following critical care procedures and the technical skills necessary to perform them: (PC5)
  • - Establishment and maintenance of open airway in non-intubated, unconscious, paralyzed patients (PC5)
  • - Mechanical ventilator management (PC5)
  • - Use of reservoir masks and continuous positive airway pressure masks for delivery of supplemental oxygen, humidifiers, nebulizers, and incentive spirometry (PC5)
  • - Management of pneumothorax (PC5)
  • - Maintenance of circulation, including: arterial puncture and blood sampling, insertion of central venous and arterial catheters, basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitations, cardioversion, and transfusion of blood and blood products (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation by course director/preceptor(s): this is based on the student's interaction, participation and performance in clinical activities and demonstrated professionalism while on the rotation.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status (Priority given to 4th year status); MEDICINE clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH: Contact Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) at IUSM-Evansville for enrollment permission. Priority will be given to 4th-year students, with consideration of 3rd-year students who have completed their clerkship. Elective is only offered for IUSM students, not available for students from other schools.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None