About the OCC

Electives

Community Cardiology Elective – Undergraduate


Objectives:

  • To gain exposure to out-patient community based cardiology assessment and follow-up;
  • To improve history-taking and physical examination skills with respect to the cardiovascular system;
  • To expand knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disorders, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, arrhythmia and cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia;
  • To observe and understand the appropriate indications for non-invasive cardiac testing including:
    • ECGs, Treadmill stress testing, stress echocardiography, stress myocardial perfusion imaging, pharmacologic stress testing, Holter monitoring and Cardiac Loop Recording and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
    • To understand the barriers to the application of evidence-based therapies available to cardiology patients as they relate to chronic cardiovascular disease management;


Description:

Students will participate in evaluation of patients, consultations and followup visits in clinics at the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre (OCC) and the Cardiopulmonary Centre at the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Students will have one on one supervision and interaction with cardiologists from the OCC. In addition, students will have the opportunity to observe all aspects of cardiac testing including cardiac catheterization and participate in reading sessions of non-invasive cardiac testing.


Available to:

Medical students in clerkship at any Canadian medical school and Canadians studying abroad

Time:

Two weeks (minimum) – four weeks

Location:

Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre and Riverside Campus Cardiopulmonary Centre – Ottawa Hospital

Supervisor:

Dr. Joel Niznick, Dr. John Dawdy, Dr. John Fulop and Dr. Rob Maranda (students will be scheduled with all physicians)


More Information:





Community Cardiology Elective – Postgraduate


Learning Objectives:


Goals:

  • To experience community based cardiology
  • To understand the links between community and academic practice
  • To appreciate the integration of evidence into practice in a community milieu
  • To experience comprehensive continuing cardiology care
  • To obtain exposure to information systems and tools which expedite best practice in a community setting
  • To learn to integrate simultaneous multi-tasking in a community milieu
  • To appreciate the business aspects of running a community practice


Practice Description:

The Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre offers comprehensive cardiovascular care to a registered patient population of over 110,000 patients with over 25,000 active patients. Originally founded in 1987 by Drs. Joel Niznick and Brendan Quinn, we have grown to a six-cardiologist group. As well we have integrated three internists into the practice to deal with the broader aspects of cardiovascular risk. We provide cardiology consultation, cardiovascular risk assessment and on site cardiovascular non-invasive testing at two sites.


Available testing includes:

  • Stress Testing
  • Echo/Doppler
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Cardiac Event/Loop Recording
  • Ambulatory BP Monitor
  • Stress/Persantine Myoview
  • Gated Nuclear Wall Motion
  • Pacemaker follow-up (OCC)


Four cardiologists perform cardiac catheterization at the Ottawa Heart Institute (Drs. Joel Niznick, Brendan Quinn, Bruce Moran and Chamoun Chamoun). Dr. John Dawdy is a non-invasive cardiologist including nuclear cardiology. Drs. Quinn, Moran, Chamoun, Hafez and Khandaker attend at the Montfort Hospital. Drs. Dawdy, Fulop and Niznick attend at the Ottawa Hospital with in-patient and non-invasive activities at the General Site and outpatient and non-invasive activities at the Riverside Site.

The Riverside Site of the Ottawa Hospital is being developed as the major outpatient centre of the Ottawa Hospital. A dedicated cardiology clinic comprising approximately 1500 sq. feet has been developed. The Montfort Hospital is a community based teaching hospital with a predominantly Francophone population.

The elective resident will have the opportunity to assess and follow patients in a community based setting, to supervise and interpret diagnostic testing, to follow the community cardiologist to various locations and to obtain a true sense of what it is like to practice out-side of an academic setting. The resident will be exposed to the organizational aspects of cardiology in terms of office management, information systems, patient education materials, community based teaching of family practice residents and the business aspects of running a busy out-patient facility.

We feel that this elective opportunity is invaluable to the Internal Medicine or Cardiology Resident in assisting him/her with a career choice and is entirely complementary to an Academic Internal Medicine/Cardiology Residency Training Program.


Available to:

Internal Medicine Residents and Cardiology Fellows from University of Ottawa and from other Canadian Universities on discretion

Time:

Two weeks (minimum) – four weeks

Location:

Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre and Riverside Campus Cardiopulmonary Centre – Ottawa Hospital

Supervisor:

Dr. Joel Niznick, Dr. John Dawdy, Dr. John Fulop and Dr. Rob Maranda (Residents will be scheduled with all physicians)


If interested, please respond to:

Joel Niznick MD FRCPC, Brendan Quinn MD FRCPC
Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre
1355 Bank Street
Suite 502
Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7

T: 613-738-0088
F: 613-738-9097
E: admin@ottawacvcentre.com