Date Issued: 06/23/2002
Prior Revision Date:03/02/2009
Date Reviewed and Revised: 07/26/2010

Cardiology Curriculum

Department: Internal Medicine

Faculty Coordinator: Jorge Cheirif, M.D / John Harper, MD

Hospital: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Periods offered: All

Length: 4 weeks

Max no. of residents: 3

First Day Contact: Tony Locklear 214-361-3415 (Dr. Cheirif) / Denise Chapa 214-345-6000 (Dr. Harper)

First Day Time: 8:00 am

First Day Place: Non Invasive Cardiology Lab, First Floor, Hamon Building (Dr. Cheirif) / PB3, Suite 204 (Dr. Harper)

Requirements: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Weekends: check with attending, no more than two weekends/month

I.               Course Description 

Residents will work with a cardiologist with a busy in-patient and out-patient practice. They will be exposed to a wide variety of cardiac diseases and will see patients in consultation, perform non-invasive procedures and monitor intensive care patients in the CCU.

II.             Course Goals and Objectives: (based on ACGME competencies for resident education)

Patient Care:

Residents are expected to provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease and at the end of life.


Medical Knowledge:

Residents are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.


Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:

Residents are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care practices:


Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

Residents are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families and other members of health care teams.



Residents are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, an understanding and sensitivity to diversity and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession, and society.


Systems-Based Practice:

Residents are expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve and optimize health care.


III.           Methods of instruction:

A. Didactic (schedule, topic, faculty)

Daily residents conference 12:00-1:00 p.m. — IM Training Room
Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:00 a.m. — Clinical Ground Rounds — IM Training Room
Wednesday afternoons 12:15-1:00 p.m. — Internal Medicine Update — Haggar Hall
Friday mornings 7:30-8:00 a.m. — Coffee with Cardiology — IM Training Room

B. Clinical

The resident is expected to work with a cardiologist seeing both his inpatients and outpatients. He/she is expected to read EKGs and echocardiograms with the cardiologist.