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Department: MEANE-Anesthesiology
Course: 505A-Cardiovascular Anesthesiology

Course Coordinator: Dr. Crystal C. Wright
Course Faculty: C. David Collard, M.D.,Dr. James Anton,Byron Tsusaki, D. O.,John Cooper, M.D.
Elective Location: SLEH
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 3
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Cardiovascular Anesthesiology is an exciting subspecialty of anesthesiology. Its scope is ever broadening. It includes administering anesthetics to patients for a variety of surgical procedures, including those for noronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congential heart disease of the adult, as well as for heart failure (ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation) and lung, liver and kidney transplantation. To the interested student, it offers rewarding challenges commensurate with the effort and dedication they apply to the elective. The purpose of the rotation in cardiovascular anesthesiology at the Texas Heart Institute is to introduce the student to the complex problems seen in patients with cardiovascular disease, and to experience the anesthetic management of the coexisting illnesses with which these patients present. In essence, the per-operative management of these patients is emphasized. Along with the physiologic and pharmacologic concepts of anesthesiology, the student will be introduced to a variety of techniques used to monitor patients presenting for cardiovasular surgery. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is a national leader in the treatment of cardiovascular disease as well as a recognized center for transplant surgery. Currently, the hospital performs over 1500 operations requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. And thanks to talented surgeons such as Dr. Joseph Coselli, Texas Heart Institute is a leader in surgery for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. The Texas Heart Institute prides itself in the education and training of medical students, residents and surgeons from all over the world. We expect that each student's educational experience will be one that is rewarding and creates a foundation for their continued learning.
Learning Activities
There are many excellent textbooks which explore the study of cardiovascular anesthesiology. For those students who are interested in the continued study of anesthesiology, an excellent text titled Clinical Anesthesiology by Morgan, Mekhail, and Murray (McGraw-Hill Company) provides a great introduction to anesthesiology and has several chapters devoted to cardiovascular anesthesiology and pharmacology, anesthesia for patients with cardiovascular disease, and anesthesia for cardiovascular surgery. In addition to clinical duties, students are encouraged to attend a variety of lectures offered by the department. These leactues cover the full range of cardiac disease and its implications for the anesthesiologist.
Evaluation Methods
Students will be evaluated by faculty, fellows and residents. This evaluation will based upon objective and subjective criteria. The grading system will be Honor, High Pass, Pass, Marginal Pass, Fail
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Report to Ms. Patricia Carpenter, Dept of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, Ste. O-520, 5th Floor, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Byron Tsusaki, D.O. or Zachariah Thomas, M.D.
Contact Phone: (832) 355-2666
Contact Fax: (832) 355-6500
Contact Location: Ste. O-520; 5th Floor, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Address: O-520
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