PED3-4060 Goals & Objectives

Pediatric Cardiology


Elective Goals

  • To understand the fundamentals of clinical cardiac physiology, especially as it applies to clinical assessment and cardiac disease and including age appropriate changes, and to apply that understanding to the care of patients encountered in general pediatric practice.
  • To recognize pediatric cardiovascular diseases and abnormalities, including when to refer to a cardiovascular subspecialist and the acute management of commonly encountered situations.
  • To enhance the student’s clinical skills as they relate to the cardiovascular system.


Elective Objectives


  • Identify and manage common pediatric cardiac conditions, including heart murmurs (innocent or otherwise), small ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects, pediatric chest pain, pediatric syncope, and mild systemic hypertension.
  • Describe the initial evaluation and management of common pediatric cardiovascular signs and symptoms, including cyanosis, hypertension, tachycardia, bradycardia, congestive heart failure, syncope, chest pain, heart murmurs, and aborted sudden cardiac death.
  • Understand and discuss the clinically relevant anatomy and physiology of common congenital heart defects, especially as it relates to presentation and management.
  • Understand and discuss the presentation and initial management of supraventricular tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia in the pediatric population.
  • Understand and discuss the presentation and initial evaluation and management of common acquired pediatric cardiovascular conditions, including Kawasaki’s disease and cardiomyopathies.
  • Develop additional skill in the interpretation of pediatric EKGs, particularly as it relates to general pediatric practice and to those findings requiring prompt referral to a pediatric cardiologist.
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