Teaching – research


The department participates in numerous research endeavors.

For example, the different reported cases of imagery-assisted treatment have facilitated study of left atrium volumes and anomalous coronary arteries (ACA). .

In collaboration with the fluid dynamics laboratory, the cardiology department has used the measurements made with the scanner to produce an experimental model of coronary artery bifurcation. Indeed, the artery’s morphology contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.

Another line of research: Nearly 20% of patients fail to react to anticoagulants on platelet aggregation such as aspirin. What is to be done? The cardiology department of the Poitiers CHU also intends to cement its ties with the Institut de physiologie et de biologie cellulaire (CNRS-University of Poitiers) in view of pursuing common lines of research on subjects such as atrial fibrillation.

In surgery, the cardiology department of the Poitiers CHU collaborates with Harefield Hospital in London on the theme of valvular repair, and their studies are published in international reviews.


The medical and surgical cardiology department has on its teaching staff:

  • 6 tenured university professors who are also hospital practitioners (PU-PH),
  • 4 clinic heads,
  • 4  assistant hospital practitioners or lecturers.

Teaching of cardiological and vascular pathology is given at the local/regional, inter-regional and nationwide levels.

At the local and regional level

The discipline is the object of teaching for medical students:

  • First cycle: courses in cardiovascular semiology addressed to L2 students (programme 2013-2014) ;
  • Second cycle: courses in cardiac and vascular pathology addressed to students registered in D2, module A, which brings together cardiology and vascular medical pathology, vascular surgery, pneumology, endocrinology and metabolic diseases, hematology and dermatology.

For these students, aside from the teaching given in the faculty  ( 2013-2014 program available on the website of the faculty of medicine and pharmacy of Poitiers: http://medphar2.univ-poitiers.fr/), teaching has been planned within the department:

* 1/ at patients’ bedsides, by different practitioners and seniors,
* 2/ formalized: presentation and discussion of clinical cases, every Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. (programme du trimestre en cours).

  • Third cycle: The department has agreed with the Agence régionale de la santé to receive and train 6 new specialized interns a year. As the “Cardiology and vascular diseases” program prescribes 8 semesters of training, teachers are called upon to provide day-to-day management of a contingent of 24 interns, all of them working in the CHU and 3 nearby hospitals.

The interns assigned to CHU benefit from local teaching on the occasion of different hospital/university staff meetings: hemodynamics and coronarography staffs every Monday, clinic record presentation staff on Wednesday mornings, medical/surgery staff on Wednesday afternoons, rhythmology staff on the second Tuesday of each month, arterial hypertension and vascular pathology staff on the first Tuesday of each month and, finally; morbi-mortality staff, one Friday a month.

At the inter-regional level

Teaching for the interns registered in “cardiology and vascular diseases” DES is coordinated at the inter-regional level with standardized organization in each of the 6 major universities in western France: mandatory presence at three yearly seminars, writing of a report and a practice thesis on two different subjects. Each intern is also required to give an oral presentation during his or her 3rd year in front of the entire inter-regional commission. The details of this teaching can be learned on the website of the  Société française de cardiologie, enseignement/teaching tab: http://www.sfcardio.fr/

At the nationwide level

At the nationwide level, DES teaching is complemented by mandatory registration for the echocardiography DIU and optional registration for the following DIUs: “cardiac imagery in slices, scanner and MRI”, “rhythmology and electrostimulation”, and “cardiovascular and renal risk of arterial hypertension”.

Moreover, pedagogical and research activity is carried out at all three levels (local-regional, inter-regional and nationwide) in the form of medical training sessions and oral presentations or posters in scientific congresses. The medical and surgical cardiology department also contributes to the elaboration of a  « Core curriculum » enumerating the training objectives for European cardiologists (ESC Core curriculum for the General Cardiologist (2013). European Society of Cardiology; Eur Heart J. 2013 Jul 14 ).

Lastly, the medical and surgical cardiology department participates in the teaching of required cardiological knowledge; the courses are addressed to students in nursing, physical therapy, midwifery, dietetics and radiographic manipulation.