Third Year Rotation in Anesthesiology
Rotation Director: Jerry R. Clark, MD,
Program Outline: The clerkship in
Anesthesiology is structured to introduce the student to the basic principles of
anesthesia delivery and perioperative management of surgical patients.
Over two weeks the student will experience a comprehensive overview of what an
anesthesiologist does throughout the perioperative period. Students will
rotate through the Preoperative Assessment Clinic, General OR, Postanesthesia
Care Unit, Pediatric OR, Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain Service and
Cardiothoracic OR, participating in the care of patients in each area.
Emphasis will be placed on reviewing physiology and pharmacology, understanding
how a patient’s medical condition influences the anesthetic plan and learning
basic skills necessary for any physician to provide care to a patient, such as
airway management and monitoring.
Objective: At the conclusion of this rotation, the student
should be able to:
- Perform a focused preanesthetic history and physical examination.
- Provide preoperative instructions regarding fasting and medication
management prior to surgery.
- Discuss anesthetic options and the benefits/risks of each.
- Use a variety of pharmacologic agents for procedural sedation, induction
and maintenance of general anesthesia, provide regional anesthesia and pain
management and modify hemodynamic parameters.
- Perform basic skills for management and resuscitation of patients including
but not limited to intravenous access, airway management and intubation, and
- Recognize the variety of ways anesthesiologists can assist in the care of
Prerequisites: N/A This is a required
clerkship for all third year medical students
Length of Program: 2 weeks
Maximum Number of Students: 8 per rotation
When Offered: 2 weeks of the MS III Surgery Block
Report To: Information on first day orientation will be emailed to rotators