PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkship in Medicine.

PURPOSE: The student will be introduced to the diagnosis and management of patients with respiratory diseases which are severe enough to require hospitalization, such as pneumonia, status asthmaticus, acute exacerbation of COPD, and acute respiratory failure. In addition, significant time will be spent in the critical care areas allowing insight into the management of the multi-organ system failure syndromes of sepsis, post-op patients, (including cardiac and thoracic surgery as it relates to developing respiratory difficulties), ventilator management and treatment of its complications. The student will participate in diagnostic studies, such as thoracentesis, pleural biopsies and bronchoscopies. Experience in the outpatient clinic dealing with common pulmonary diseases will also be available.

•  Basic interpretation of chest x-rays and CT scans of the lung.
•  Interpretation of pulmonary function tests
•  Basic understanding of respiratory failure and use of mechanical ventilation
•  Understanding pathophysiology, treatment of cancer, lung disease, including asthma, COPD, intestitial lung disease and pleural effusion.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Participation in the pulmonary function lab will allow the student to be proficient in the interpretation of pulmonary function tests and blood gases at the completion of the course. Typically, the student rounds with the resident attending in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care in the morning in the critical care areas, discussing each in-patient. Then, patients on the floor will be seen after their chest x-ray scans have been discussed with the attending physician. The student will attend at least one ½ day of Pulmonary clinic with the attending physician weekly.


Program Number: ELEC 625
Location: SFH
Program Director: H.Friedman, M.D.
Coordinator:  Catherine Clark
Telephone: 847-316-3111
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: Optional

Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10
Laboratory/Independent Study: 2
Outpatient: 3
Inpatient: 25
Total Hours /Week: 40

Reporting Instructions: Students should arrive between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Please see Catherine Clark, the Student Coordinator, at the Dept of Medical Education, 1st floor Room 1042, at St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL 60202. The office telephone number is (847) 316-3111.

Reviewed and Approved: 4/16/14
Updated:  10/12/15