Dr. Craig Ainsworth
The Cardiac Care Unit of the Hamilton General Hospital is a busy 14-bed cardiac intensive care unit with high patient acuity and turnover. The trainee will be exposed to a large variety of both common and uncommon acute cardiac problems and will develop proficiency in their evaluation and management. Management of patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure/pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, valvular heart disease, cardiac arrest, and a variety of arrhythmias will be emphasized. The trainee will be exposed to the medical, percutaneous and surgical approaches to the management of these acute problems and will be expected to develop a high degree of proficiency in understanding the indications, alternatives and complications of each potential therapy. The cardiology resident will be directly responsible for overseeing junior colleagues, including internal medicine, anaesthesia and emergency medicine residents. The development of supervisory skills is an important component of this rotation and in the final year of training all residents will serve as Junior Attending in the CCU.
CCU Goals & Objectives and ITERs