IU School of Medicine



This elective is designed to provide educational experiences in the diagnosis and care of infants and children with congenital and acquired heart disease. The student will gain competence in clinical (including auscultatory) examination of the pediatric cardiac patient. The student will learn to interpret the pediatric electrocardiogram and to apply physiologic concepts of blood flow and resistance to clinical situations. At the end of the elective, the student is expected to have an understanding of the approach to the care of infants and children with heart disease. They should be able to differentiate between an organic and "functional" cardiac findings. They should be able to read an EKG. They should have an understanding of the indications for echocardiograms and catheterizations as well as a basic understanding of the data obtained from these tests. The student will have the opportunity to participate in pediatric cardiology conference, cardiovascular surgery conference and other scheduled pediatric conferences. This elective (93KC700) is principally an ambulatory and consultation elective. If the student desires inpatient experience as a "acting intern" and wishes to receive experience in pediatric cardiology simultaneously, the student should choose Pediatric Cardiology Ward Elective (93KC710). This elective is recommended for the student interested in a career in pediatrics, combined pediatrics/internal medicine, pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiovascular surgery, and pediatric critical care.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Anne Farrell (agfarrel@iupui.edu )

Director: Anne Farrell, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform basic cardiac clinical exam skills at a proficient level (PC1)
  • 2) Read and interpret pediatric EKGs and chest x-rays at a proficient level (PC3)
  • 3) Identify the innocent heart murmurs (PC2)
  • 4) Describe basic genetic syndromes (Trisomy 21, 18, 13, William's, DiGeorge, Marfan's) and the associated cardiac lesions (MK2)
  • 5) Identify the physical exam, EKG and CXR findings of the common congenital heart lesions (i)e), VSD,ASD,PDA,AS,PS,AV canal, Coarctation (PC3)
  • 6) Describe the common surgical repairs that are performed (e)g) Norwood procedure, Ross procedure, Fontan operation (PC5)
  • 7) Explain the basic cardiac workup for chest pain, syncope, arrhythmias, palpitations (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Anne Farrell (agfarrel@iupui.edu )

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None