IU School of Medicine



Students will explore in-depth a specific topic of current clinical interest from the literature and review the clinical records of patients who either have a specific cardiac or vascular problem or who have undergone a specific surgical procedure. The intent of the research project will be to give the student an opportunity to research a particular surgical topic, examine patients and patient records as they pertain to the topic and possibly co-author a publication for the literature.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops:

Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

Director: John W Brown , M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

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

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the elements of various types of research studies (retrospective review, prospective, randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses etc (PBLI1)

  • 2) Conduct a retrospective chart review of pediatric and congenital adult cardiovascular disease which includes literature research, determining study end points, and extracting necessary info from patient charts (PBLI1)
  • 3) Discuss clinical implications of clinic research (PBLI1)
  • 4) Observe cases in the operating room, which may or may not, be the research project assigned (PC1)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information


3rd or 4th year status; Surgery clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 20% Clinical; 40% Research; 10% Lecture; 30% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

All on-campus surgery electives will be handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for surgery electives must be approved through Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None