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Electives for International Students

Critical Care Medicine

JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL
Supervisor Dr. Paul Warshawsky Telephone (514) 340-7500
Coordinator Antonietta Maglio Telephone (514) 340-7500
Fax (514) 340-8133
E-mail amaglio [at] jgh.mcgill.ca

Available to up to two students for a given rotation. Students must have completed either Medicine and/or Surgery Clerkship prior to being considered for an elective in the Intensive Care Unit. The Intensive Care Unit at the Jewish General Hospital has 22 beds and is a combined surgical and medical unit. The student who selects this elective will be exposed to critically ill patients having a large variety of disease processes including simple and multiple organ dysfunction and failure, gastro-intestinal bleeding, etc. The major surgical cases include neurosurgery, cardiac, vascular, thoracic, etc. The unit is equipped with the most modern monitoring equipment and the student will become conversant with the physiological principles that are used in the assessment and management of these desperately ill patients. He/she will work in close association with pulmonary physicians, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, neurologists, and surgeons from all specialties and will be directly supervised by an ICU attending staff physician. He/she will become part of the ICU caregiver team and participate in daily bedside rounds, weekly ICU service and monthly M&M rounds. In addition, he/she will have the opportunity to learn and perform bedside procedures and to participate in clinical research protocols. NO ELECTIVES WILL BE ACCEPTED DURING PERIOD 7 due to the long holiday period (less supervison, less formal teaching and shorten rotation).

 

MONTREAL GENERAL HOSPITAL
Supervisor Dr. A. Gursahaney Telephone (514) 934-1934, Local 43255
Coordinator

Diana Sarcone

Telephone (514) 934-1934, Local 43255
Fax (514) 934-8244
E-mail diana.sarcone [at] muhc.mcgill.ca

The Intensive Care Unit has a 24-bed capacity and is staffed by two teams managing twelve beds. It is equipped to care for medical, surgical and trauma emergencies (i.e., acute respiratory, renal, cardiac or hepatic failure, shock, severe drug overdose, etc). It affords a milieu for learning acute care medicine and surgery, including emergency therapeutics and resuscitation of the unstable patient. Students participate in the care of all patients, are taught bedside procedures and are included in the formal teaching sessions.

At the time of the elective, students must be in their 4th year as well as having completed their Medicine/Surgery Clerkship rotation. The Montreal General Hospital ICU accepts a total of four students per period. No electives will be accepted during Period 7 due to the long holiday period (less supervision, less formal teaching and shorten rotation). To minimize last minute cancellations which result in unfilled spots, the MGH ICU will not consider applications more than six months in advance of the start date of the elective.

 

ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL (Glen)
Supervisor Dr. Patrick Melanson Telephone (514) 934-1934, Local 34643
Coordinator

Diana Sarcone

Telephone (514) 934-1934, Local 34643
Fax (514) 843-1686
E-mail diana.sarcone [at] muhc.mcgill.ca

The Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital is a 22 bed combined medical and surgical unit and is divided into two equivalent teams.  Students selecting this rotation will be exposed to a large variety of critically ill patients with general medical conditions, oncology patients, patients post-surgery, and transplant.  Students will be given the opportunity to manage one or two critically ill patients per day (with close supervision), and are expected to play an active role during patient rounds.  Didactic teaching sessions are given several days per week as well.

Available to 4th year or higher medical students.  Students must have completed Surgical & Medical Clerkships.  A total of four students can be accommodated at one time. Electives must follow the McGill University academic calendar.  No electives will be accepted during Period 7 due to the long holiday period (less supervision, less formal teaching and shorten rotation).  To minimize last minute cancellations which result in unfilled spots, the RVH ICU will not consider applications from McGill students more than six months in advance of the start date of the elective. This restriction does not apply to foreign students and students from other Canadian universities.

 

ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL
Supervisor Dr. Cape Telephone (514) 345-3511, Local 2660
Coordinator Caroline Mackereth Telephone (514) 345-3511, Local 2660
Fax (514) 734-2641
E-mail caroline.mackereth [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca

The St. Mary's ICU is a 7 bed medical-surgical ICU. We treat patients with a variety of problems including heart failure, respiratory failure, sepsis, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, stroke, substance intoxication, and various post-operative problems. The severity of illness ranges from “too ill to be on the ward”, to “critically ill on life support”.

Students would get the most out of this elective when they are in their final clinical year and have completed their Internal Medicine rotation. The student would take care of their own patients, (obtain a history, perform a physical exam, order and interpret tests, and present their patients during work rounds), with whatever support they need from the attending physician, the residents, and the ICU nurses. Students may also learn and perform procedures such as intubation, and central and arterial line insertion.

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