This elective utilizes patients admitted to the intensive care units of Northwest
Texas Hospital. The student will gain experiences in managing common medical emergencies,
including cardiopulmonary arrest, drug overdose, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction,
cardiogenic shock, congestive heard failure, renal failure, and diabetic ketoacidosis.
The student is also expected to become proficient in the evaluation and management
of common chest problems, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
pleural effusions, peri-operative complications, pneumonia, atelectasis, respiratory
failure, pulmonary function tests, and chest x-rays, and to become familiar with the
various types of mechanical ventilators, oxygen delivery systems, and methods of delivering
inhaled medication. The student will be evaluated on medical knowledge, the ability
to integrate pertinent data to arrive at a proper management plan, clinical skills
in history taking, physical examination and procedural skills, the ability to relate
to patients and work with other physicians and ancillary staff, professional and humanistic
behavior, and the students contribution as a member of the health care team.