Pediatric Cardiology

Rotation: PED 402-1

Length: 2 or 4 weeks

Goals: The goal of this rotation is to provide you with an understanding of common pediatric cardiology problems, how to make the diagnosis and understand initial management strategies.

After this rotation, you will gain valuable history taking and cardiac physical examination skills.

Understand the common symptoms of congenital heart defect and heart failure

Understanding of normal cardiac anatomy and physiology.

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the common congenital and acquired heart disease

Understand the basic and some common advanced diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis and assessment of severity of congenital heart defects.

Understand the concept of heart failure, its presentation and basics of management of acute and chronic heart failure.

Understand the relationship of the ductus arteriosus in complex congenital heart defects and concept of ductal dependent systemic and pulmonary circulation.

Understanding of basic EKG interpretation and management of common pediatric arrhythmia diagnosis will be stressed during this rotation.

Objectives: Competency in obtaining a focused cardiac history, cardiac physical examination with emphasis in heart murmur assessment and differentiation between innocent heart murmurs and pathologic heart murmurs.

Competency in interpretation of a normal EKG and diagnosis of common arrhythmia.

Competency in creating a management strategy for congenital heart defects.

Competency in assessing patients for potential ductal dependent congenital cardiac defects.

Additional Information and Description: You will have the opportunity to observe cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgical and electrophysiological procedures.