Overall Objective: Understand the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the disease processes outlined in the TSDA Curriculum Section VIII (Acquired Heart Disease), Section IX (Thoracic Trauma), X (Transplantation), and XI (Extracorporeal Bypass and Coagulation). Develop clinical skills to diagnose and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for patients with these specific disease processes. Develop clinical / technical skills for intraoperative treatment, specifically to include preparation for, and completion of coronary artery bypass, valve repair/replacement, aortic repair/replacement, and heart transplantation. Develop patient care skills for intensive care, elective postoperative care, and outpatient follow-up of patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures.
Specific Clinical Skills by Year of Training