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Electives - Anesthesiology


Elective Number: (Oasis E04a) 1001

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Peter Amato

Coordinator: Lisa Morton

Duration: 4 weeks (2wk option only allowed in R7-14 - must contact Ms. Morton and is based on availability)

Available: all rotations

Report to: TBA

Time to Report: 8:30 am

Place to Report: Department of Anesthesiology Offices, 4th Floor Steele Wing, Room 4746A (Old Medical School)

Typical day: 7:00 am - 4 or 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description:The Anesthesiology elective is designed to give the medical student the opportunity to observe and participate in the administration of operative anesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, and the diagnosis and management of chronic pain syndromes. The student, under the close supervision of the resident and attending staff, will participate in the administration of inhalation and conduction anesthesia and the use of diagnostic and therapeutic regional anesthetic techniques. The student will learn principles of preoperative evaluation, and the physiological and pharmacological management of the patient undergoing surgery. Points to be emphasized include airway management, monitoring techniques, the interpretation of laboratory values obtained intraoperatively and the pharmacology of the anesthetic agents and other drugs used in patient management.

An introductory textbook of anesthesiology will be loaned to each student. The student is expected to read assigned chapters in this book during the elective. The student will also be given the opportunity to teach other medical students, give lectures, and lead review sessions and case discussions. The student is also expected to attend departmental lectures and conferences.
Every effort will be made to tailor the elective to the specific clinical interest of each student. Additional rotations during the elective may be arranged on an individual basis.

Goals & Objectives:
• Learn fundamentals of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative considerations of common anesthesia practice
• Participate actively in patient preoperative assessment, intraoperative and postoperative management (SAS/OR/PACU)
• Become familiar with common anesthesia drugs
– Induction agents
– Volatiles anesthetics
– Opiates
– Neuromuscular blocking agents and reversal agents
– Local anesthetics
• Understand basic mechanisms of action of common anesthesia drugs
• Demonstrate knowledge of the common side effects of anesthesia drugs
• Understand the basic physiological principles as they apply to anesthesia practice
• Demonstrate understanding of basic anesthesia monitoring
• Cite the different types of anesthetic (general, regional, MAC……)
• Demonstrate understanding of the different steps of general anesthesia
– Induction
– Maintenance
– Emergence
– Recovery
• Identify most common intraoperative and postoperative complications and how to treat them.
• Function as a team member
• Perform preoperative evaluation
• Formulate an anesthetic plan
• Interact with patients and parents in a professional manner
• Interact with nurses, medical staff in a professional manner
• Lead discussions, review sessions, and lectures on different anesthesia related topics