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Cardiovascular Medicine at Domino's Farms Student Internship

The Preventive Cardiology internship offers a 16-week long internship program geared towards Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science and Kinesiology students seeking a clinical experience in a Cardiac Exercise Physiology program.  The program’s weekly time commitment is 40 hours per week. Hours of operation are 8am-5pm, with evening hours one day per month.  The internship program offers a $450 per month stipend.

Our goal is to provide the student with the opportunity to work within all programs Preventive Cardiology offers along with observation of programs and procedures offered at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.  Students will receive classroom education on topics pertaining to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification exam. The following are other programs offered within Preventive Cardiology:

Mentorship Program
Students choose a mentor to guide them through their internship. This person will provide one-on-one education as well as career guidance.

Stress Testing
Studies performed include: Stress Echos, Regular GXT treadmill testing, and cardiopulmonary studies.  Students will learn to obtain preliminary medical histories of patients prior to their visit.  Upon the patient’s arrival, the student will discuss medical history and prep the patient’s ECG for the study.  During the internship the student will become proficient with the health system’s Policy and Procedure for stress testing, including operation of the treadmill, blood pressures, ECG interpretation, and monitoring of rating of perceived exertion (RPE). 

Phase II cardiac rehab
Students will become familiar with all aspects of patient entry into the rehab program including orientation, chart prep, and patient needs and assessment.  Upon patient entry into rehab class, the student will be responsible for assisting the patient with telemetry connections, vitals measurement and advising blood sugar monitoring as necessary.  During patient exercise the student will provide patient education, complete blood pressure monitoring and RPE assessment.

Phase III / Fitness Center
The fitness center is designed as an “open gym” for our patients.  When scheduled in the fitness center the student will be responsible for patient education, personal assistance with exercise and instruction, and group exercise leadership.

Metabolic Syndrome Program (Met Fit)
The student will become familiar with the factors involving Metabolic Syndrome.  The student will have involvement in the patient education and exercise leadership of the program.  Students will assist with “Michigan Challenges” (fitness evaluation) at various stages of the program.

Cardiovascular Center
A weekly rotation to the CVC will provide students with the opportunity to observe:

Fitness Evaluations
Students will have the opportunity to observe and/or participate in fitness evaluations.  These services are typically delivered during Exercise Consultations and occasionally during cardiac rehab.

Internship presentation
As a capstone project for the internship, the student will deliver a 20-30 minute presentation to the exercise physiology staff.  Topics are to be relevant to Cardiology and/or exercise science and must be approved by the internship coordinators.

Case Study Presentation
Students are assigned a current Cardiac Rehab patient. After meeting the patient, the student must present the patient’s history and develop an exercise prescription as well as discuss a plan for education based on the patient’s learning needs and interests.

Mock Interview
At the mid-way point of the internship students are given a “mock interview” to prepare them for upcoming job interviews. These interviews are performed by the exercise physiology staff in a group setting. Feedback from the interview will be given to the student to help improve interview skills. 

Nutrition and Stress Management programs
Students will have the opportunity to observe these additional services provided by Cardiovascular Medicine.

Application Deadlines

Desired Semester

Application due date


December 1


April 1


August 1

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation to:

ATTN: Steven Walsh/Jennifer LeFresne
Cardiovascular Medicine at Domino’s Farms
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr.
Lobby A
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0363

OR via e-mail

Steven Walsh, BS

Jennifer LeFresne, MS