Course Description

The Cardiovascular-Hematology (CVH) Block is designed to provide instruction in the basic and clinical sciences required for examination and treatment of disorders of the Hematology and Cardiovascular Systems. This Block will provide a comprehensive and in-depth study of these sciences, including non-oncologic hematology, cardiovascular electrophysiology and cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac function, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular risk factors — including lipid physiology and pathophysiology — valvular and coronary artery heart disease and blood pressure control. In addition to the above topics, aspects of pharmacology, imaging, bio-informatics, public health, diversity and psychosocial aspects of illness, ethics, and health care transformation will be presented.

Learning Objectives

Educational Program Objectives are a subset of more broadly defined physician competencies, which represent general domains of performance for which the profession and the public hold physicians accountable.

Upon completing the Cardiovascular-Hematology Block, students should be able to:

  • Recall and apply core scientific knowledge of normal and abnormal hematology and cardiovascular system functions required by clinicians to provide complete health care.
  • Evaluate and synthesize health related data utilizing problem-solving skills and active learning strategies.
  • Critically interpret clinical tests and imaging and identify the appropriate use of testing in the hematology and cardiovascular domains.
  • Effectively communicate with members of the health care team using terminology related to the cardiovascular and hematology systems.
  • Recognize the psychosocial impact of acute and chronic disease on patients and families and the various approaches to supporting patients and their families.
  • Develop and apply medical knowledge principles that will facilitate life-long learning and continued professional growth.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and assess information in educational resources regarding issues of diversity, public health, clinical ethics, delivery of health care and biotechnology as they apply to hematology and cardiovascular disease.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with team members through verbal and non-verbal communication to document, present and discuss information in an organized, accurate, timely, respectful and understandable manner.
  • Show integrity and maintain professional behavior in interacting with faculty, staff and peers.
  • Analyze, explain and discuss medical knowledge as it applies to effective patient care.