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Medical Students rotating through anesthesiology face the difficult challenge of interacting within a discipline for which traditional medical education is inadequate preparation. The specificity of anesthesia related procedures and pharmacology; as well as changes to the normal physiologic milieu under anesthesia, make the learning curve of a novice in anesthesia fairly steep. The rotation is designed to provide an overview of the field with emphasis on basic procedures and insights into how we as consultants in the practice of anesthesiology interact with our colleagues in both surgical and non-surgical disciplines.

Your education during this rotation will be divided into three primary components:

  1. Supervised hands-on participation in the care of selected patients with Anesthesiology faculty. In addition to the general O.R. of TUMC, the students may have the option to participate in Obstetrical Anesthesia, the Pain Clinic, and SICU.
  2. Case-based teaching conferences encompassing several key topics in Anesthesia. The areas to be covered will include: Airway management, Cardiac Anesthesia, Thoracic Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pain Management, and Obstetrical Anesthesia.
  3. The student will be expected to attend and participate in resident's weekly conferences and lectures.

The students will start each day at 7:00 a.m. and be assigned to an anesthesiologist who will teach anesthetic principals of the patients that they are assigned to manage. There are no night call duties and the students will be free at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Objectives: To gain competency and understanding of basic anesthetic and airway management principles in the operating room setting.

Method of evaluation: The students' grade will be based on participation in the O.R., case conferences, and a written exam at the end of the elective.

Maximum number of students: 2

Prerequisite: None

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