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CTS 300A. Cardiothoracic Surgery Clerkship (SUMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
In this clerkship students participate with one of the two cardiothoracic surgical teams on rounds, in the operating room, in the outpatient cardiothoracic surgery clinic, and in joint weekly conferences with the medical cardiology and pediatric cardiology services.
Prereq: Surgery 300A or final-year student.
Periods Avail: 1-12, four or eight weeks by arrangement. 2 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Resident’s Room, North ICU; Time: 6:30 am.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 4
Director: Michael Fischbein, M.D., Ph.D.
Other Faculty: P. Oyer, D.C. Miller, R. S. Mitchell, R. C. Robbins, R. I. Whyte, Frank L. Hanley, V. Mohan Reddy, Michael Fishbein, Bruce Reitz, Joseph Shrager.
Coord: Stephanie Harrington (650-721-2552), CVRB.

CTS 301B. Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery Clerkship (PAVAMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
A basic introduction to adult cardiac surgical disease. Diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are emphasized, and the students are taught applied cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology. Students are expected to participate in pre-operative evaluation, the operations, and the postoperative care of each patient. The surgical faculty and housestaff closely supervise students. Advanced students can easily assume intern-level responsibilities, if desired. More time is available at the PAVAMC for reading compared to the Stanford University Hospital. Participation is expected at didactic sessions where the clinical clerks and the faculty discuss various aspects of cardiothoracic pathophysiology and pathologic anatomy. These sessions can be individualized according to a student’s specific interest and background. Attendance at the Saturday morning SUMC adult cardiothoracic surgery conference is expected but not mandatory. Students also have access and supervision to the cardiac simulation or where a variety of cardiac surgical skills and techniques may be practiced.
Prereq: Surgery 300A or equivalent clinical preparation.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks; half-time for eight weeks. 2 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: PAVAMC Surgery Office (Building 101, 3rd floor); Time: 8:00 am
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Tom Burdon, M.D.
Other Faculty: J.I. Fann, T.A. Burdon.
Coord: Stephanie Harrington (650-721-2552), CVRB.

CTS 303A. Advanced Thoracic Surgery Clerkship (SUMC)     Open to Visitors
Intensive clinical experience in thoracic surgery (non-cardiac). Direct, supervised responsibility for both intra- and post-operative management of patients with benign or malignant intrathoracic disease. Particularly extensive exposure to thoracic oncology and video-assisted techniques. Participation as integral member of the thoracic surgical service allows education in the diagnostic and therapeutic thought-processes required in complex surgical decision-making.
Prereq: Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, four weeks only. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Students should contact the coordinator prior to the first day; Time: TBA.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 2 (every fifth night; rounds one morning per weekend)
Director: Joseph B. Shrager, M.D.
Other Faculty: M. Berry, L. Backhus.
Coord: Donna Minagawa (650-721-2086).

CTS 398A. Clinical Elective in Cardiothoracic Surgery (SUMC, PAVAMC)     Open to Visitors
Provides an opportunity for a student in the clinical years to have a clinical experience in Cardiothoracic Surgery, of a quality and duration to be decided upon by the student and a faculty preceptor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Please note: Students cannot add 398A clerkships directly to their fishbowl schedules through the regular shuffles. Please contact Caroline Cheang in the Office of Student Services at or 650-498-7619 with the faculty preceptor’s name and email address to add this clerkship.
Prereq: Card 300A, consent of the designated faculty preceptor, and approval by an Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
Periods Avail: 1-12.
Reporting Instructions: Where: TBA (designated faculty preceptor); Time: TBA
Units: 1 to 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 4
Director: Michael Fischbein, M.D., Ph.D.
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Stephanie Harrington (650-721-2552), CVRB.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)


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