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SU-471 Cardiac Surgery Elective

Director:  Daniel Engelman, MD

Location:  Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


The student will...

  • receive an introduction to adult cardiac disease requiring surgical intervention and invasive cardiac diagnostic studies. 
  • perform preoperative evaluation.
  • be involved in postoperative cardiac and pulmonary care.
  • be involved in the decision making process for or against operation in each individual patient
  • gain experience in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, surgical and cardiology wards, and the operating theater. 
  • follow patients from admission through catheterization and operation as well as participating in their post-operative care.

* One or two weekend calls with a cardiac surgical physician assistant or nurse practitioner (who cover our service  24/7).  Call will cover the cardiac surgery ICU and telemetry floors providing postoperative care, and writing progress notes in medical record.

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



2 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at discretion of
the Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine and Surgery Clerkships.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.