Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) Learning Tools

To provide some background, I am a teaching attending at Cleveland Clinic and have multiple rotations during the year with our residents and medical students. We record all topics discussed during a particular rotation on this blog and I know from the feedback which one the residents and students like the best. This month it was the session about using 2 mnemonics as a systematic approach to interpreting EKGs and web-based tools for EKG training. All senior medical residents at Cleveland Clinic have to take an EKG exam in their second year and they found the EKG learning tools listed below especially helpful:

- ECG Wave-Maven by Harvard Medical School is a fully-fledged ECG-trainer

- EKG World Encyclopedia by McGill University

- Arrhythmia simulator by SkillStat with a play, pause and quiz mode

-ECG Palm Brain is a useful online and PDA reference

- Systematic Approach to Reading Electrocardiograms by Using 2 Mnemonics

- EKGs with Dr. Koch: It's Not Only Educational It's Also Fun -- a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist will guide you through the interpretations of several EKGs


Audio lecture: Basics of EKG. Dr. Dwight Dishmon. Podcasting Project for the UT Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2006.


ECG Video: For Med Students studying the basics of reading an electrocardiogram, from the University of Wisconsin.

Topics Discussed During the Internal Medicine Rotation at Cleveland Clinic in February/March 2008
Image source: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) with rapid ventricular response (RVR) due to triple lumen catheter (TLC) placement

Updated: 03/04/2009


  1. You may also want to consider this ECG Simulator as an alternative to the one developed by SkillStat. It offers many more rhythms with multiple variations and at various heart rates. Plus it is much more dynamic.

  2. Anonymous,

    The ECG stimulator you linked to is not free, requires download and install. Six-Second ECG Simulator is free and web-based.

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  4. If you need a hardware cardiac simulator you should choose the TechPatient CARDIO ECG Simulator