Educational Goals and Objectives

Patient Care

Congenital Cardiac Surgical Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Patient Care Learning Activities during the 1 year residency which provide experience in this competency development include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient patient care experiences
  • Operative patient care experiences
  • Operative log completion and review
  • Case review at M&M conference
  • Case discussion at weekly resident conferences
  • Bedside teaching
  • Ward rounds
  • Operating room instruction
  • Journal Club participation

Residents are expected to:

  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
  • Gather essential and accurate information about their patients
  • Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  • Develop and carry out patient management plans
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families
  • Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education
  • Perform competently all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for the area of practice
  • Provide health care services aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health
  • Work with health care professionals, including those from other disciplines, to provide patient-focused care

Medical Knowledge

Congenital Cardiac Surgical Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Medical Knowledge Learning Activities during surgical rotations which provide experience in this competency development include:

  • Weekly resident conferences
  • Weekly Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Presentations at Surgical Case Conferences
  • Educational experiences in clinic, hospital, operating room
  • Regularly scheduled weekly/monthly conferences (departmental and/or service specialized conferences)
  • Resident self study using appropriate congenital cardiac surgical references
    • Journal Club
    • Maintenance of a portfolio of academic accomplishments

Congenital Cardiac Surgical Residents are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations
  • Know and apply the basic and clinically supportive sciences, which are appropriate to their discipline

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Congenital Cardiac Surgical Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Learning Activities during the one year period which provide experience in this competency development include:

  • Case review at weekly M&M Conference
  • Case log review during rotation and at semiannual performance reviews
  • Case discussion at weekly resident conferences
  • Discussions at Journal Club
  • Presentations at weekly Surgical Case Conferences

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Residents are expected to:

  • Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems
  • Obtain and use information about their own population of patients and the larger population from which their patients are drawn
  • Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness
  • Use information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information; and support their own education
  • Facilitate the learning of students and other health care professionals

More information about the program can be found here: Extended program information (PDF)