IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93MC720 — CARDIOLOGY


This elective is a clinical experience during which the student-physicians join the cardiovascular health care team, developing the student's skills which are useful in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases. The student-physicians are encouraged to develop a familiarity with the varied inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular diagnostic modalities available for the cardiovascular patient. Student-physicians during this elective are encouraged to learn about patient experiences by obtaining their own personal baseline ECG's, echocardiograms, and may have an exercise treadmill ECG test if desired. Close observational experience is also available for the student to be familiar with cardiac catheterizations, angioplasties, and coronary surgery. Student-physicians are responsible for the initial evaluation and case presentation for patients in whom cardiologic consultation has been requested. Cases are discussed and reviewed by the cardiology physician staff. Students are encouraged to attend all cardiology conferences which include x-ray, ECG, and the combined cardiac catheterization-cardiovascular surgery conference. Time is allowed for attendance at the weekly Medicine Grand Rounds at the Indiana University Medical Center.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Jeetendra B. Patel ( jepatel@iu.edu)

Director: Jeetendra B. Patel, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Mukerji, Dr. Subbarao, Dr. Bolad, Dr. Das, Dr. Breall and Dr. Jain. Other staff may participate at the discretion of the course director

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the basic principles involved in the interpretation of the surface electrocardiogram (PC3)
  • 2) Interpret ECG's and verify findings with staff cardiologists (PC3)
  • 3) Practice the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and other complex cardiovascular problems (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Medicine clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Jeetendra B. Patel ( jepatel@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: There will be nurses, nps, pharmacists on the team who work in collaboration with the cardiology staff.

Service Learning Included: None