Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery

Duration

4 weeks

Location

Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans

Objectives

  1. Introduction to community and tertiary pediatric cardiology practice.
  2. Develop basic cardiology skills:
    • Clinical examination
    • EKG interpretation
    • Basic echocardiography
    • Catheterization: hemodynamic and anatomic assessment and vascular access
    • Electrophysisiology: EP studies, radiofrequency ablations, cryo-ablations pacemaker and ICD implants and followup
    • Intraoperative echo
    • Post-operative surgery management
    • Extracorporeal life support
    • Tilt table testing
    • Exercise stress testing
    • Fetal echocardiography
    • Cardiac research

Course Outline

Tailored to students' interests. Daily rounds - OCF - 7:30 A.M. Monday through Friday; catheterization laboratory and/or weekly schedules; Clinic - outpatient department 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.; Cardiac catheterization conferences - Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 A.M.

Method of Evaluation

Daily observation of performance.

Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology

Duration

4 weeks

Location

Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans and Tulane University Hospital

Objectives

This is an intensive opportunity to learn about hematologic and oncologic disorders of childhood. Students will accompany the staff physicians on daily hospital rounds and through outpatient clinic, participating in the evaluation of new patients, developing management plans for them, and solving problems that arise in patients. Emphasis is placed on learning how to keep patients alive through the complications of their treatments.

Course Outline

Daily rounds, noon conferences, and outpatient clinics at Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Tulane Hospital for Children, Monday - Friday.

Method of Evaluation

Daily observation of performance. Students may be asked to present a conference on a topic of interest.

Pediatrics Inpatient Clerkship

Duration

4 weeks

Location

Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans

Objectives

  1. Subinternship in Pediatrics
  2. Expected to function as an intern with house officer supervision
  3. Will be assigned patients and will be expected to maintain daily care.

Course Outline

Morning daily rounds, 7:00 A.M. Morning Report with ward team and staff, 7:45 - 8:30 A.M., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Daily attending rounds 8:30 - 11:00 A.M. Daily Noon Conference, night call with house officers every 4th night.

Method of Evaluation

Daily observation of performance.

Pediatric Surgery

Duration

4 weeks

Location

Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans

Objectives

Achievement of introductory knowledge of:

  1. Surgical evaluation
  2. Pre and postoperative management
  3. Pediatric fluid and electrolyte management
  4. Operative experience
  5. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Course Outline

Rotation on pediatric surgery involves working with Ochsner's board-certified pediatric surgeon and general surgery residents from the Ochsner Clinic Foundation training program. Ochsner medical institutions maintain a busy pediatric medical and surgical service that encompasses all subspecialties. Students will experience a full range of pediatric surgical conditions from simple outpatient procedures to complex neonatal, oncological, pediatric multisystem trauma and ECMO. Afternoons are devoted to pediatric surgical rounds with the attending staff. Night call is not required, but students are encouraged to assist with interesting cases arriving late in the afternoon.

Method of Evaluation

Daily observation of performance. A short oral examination is often given at the conclusion of the rotation.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Duration

4 weeks (less time if requested)

Location

Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Childrens' Health Center

Objectives

  1. Examination of common and uncommon infectious diseases
  2. Review of all antimicrobial agents and their use in children
  3. Use and interpretation of microbiology data
  4. Understanding the thought process to an infectious disease consult
  5. Evaluating current public health issues
  6. Immunizations and how they influence the differential diagnosis
  7. Reading Gram and fungal stains
  8. Anticipating antibiotic resistance
  9. Antibiotic stewardship
  10. Principles of infection control
  11. Applying infectious disease published guidelines
  12. Timing of antibiotic de-escalation .

Course Outline

  • Tailored to students interests
  • Daily rounds and clinic patients
  • Daily short conference of selected topic
  • Weekly two hour Citywide Infectious disease conference
  • Case presentation followed by a faculty lecture
  • Weekly microbiology conference
  • Monthly infection control meeting
  • Monthly journal club
  • Each student is encouraged to write-up a case report or review topic for publication
  • in Clinical Pediatrics, a peer reviewed indexed journal that I edit

Method of Evaluation

Daily direct observation of performance.