In an effort to improve patient care and treatment methods through medical education, Einstein-Montefiore researchers are conducting a number of research studies focused on achieving excellence in training the next generation of cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists.
Physical Examination Education Studies
Researchers are evaluating an innovative method intended to supplement physical examination education for medical students and internal medicine residents. This method provides students and residents with a focused cardiovascular physical exam curriculum, including:
- CD-ROMs with cardiovascular physical exam findings (heart sounds)
- Novel lecture topics
- Teaching rounds supported with a multi-headed stethoscope that enables the attending physician and 5 residents to simultaneously listen to a patient’s heart sound, thereby facilitating diagnosis, teaching, and discussion. The stethoscope was awarded to faculty through an Einstein Division of Education Grant for Excellence in Medical Education.
Investigators believe that the curriculum supplementation will improve the students and residents’ physical examination skills.
Impact of Intensive Cardiology Fellowship Orientation Program
In order to address the challenge of transition from medicine residency to cardiology fellowship, Einstein-Montefiore faculty implemented a 4-day intensive orientation program and conducted pre- and post-orientation assessments of the cardiology fellows’ confidence in regard to starting the fellowship program.
The orientation program consists of:
- Lectures on core cardiology topics
- Fellow-to-fellow practical sessions
- Interactive sessions on use of echocardiography machines and pacemaker interrogators
Results of the study showed improvement in confidence levels upon starting the cardiology fellowship. These findings have supported continuation of the orientation program.