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Medical Student Electives - Anesthesiology

Rotation Director:  Alex Gross, M.D.

Duration:  Two to four weeks

Maximum number of student per four-week period:  One 

Candidates:   Senior students of approved allopathic and osteopathic medical schools

Evaluation:   Oral and written


The general purpose for the clinical rotation in anesthesiology is to enhance the cognitive and procedural skills of students participating in the performance of anesthesia on patients undergoing surgical or endoscopic treatments. The goal is for students to learn the basics of emergent management of cardiopulmonary resuscitation including intubation, risks and complications of anesthesia in patients of advanced age, those with multiple co-morbidities, and individuals with polypharmacy. Students will be able to participate in the preoperative, operative, and post operative management of patients along side the anesthesiologist.
Daily Activities and Responsibilities for Medical Students:
  • The student will report to the anesthesiologist and continue with the anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist during a normal working day.
  • Students will be expected to see new patients, conduct consultations and follow patients under the direction of the attending anesthesiology staff.
Technical Skills:
Students will observe or perform the following:
  • Simple endotracheal intubation
  • Placement of arterial lines, central lines, spinals, epidurals and other critical processes during the anesthesia rotation
  • Intubation of the difficult airway
  • Fluid and electrolyte management--preoperative, operative, and post operative
  • Anesthetic involvement with the management of the patients with specific types of surgery such as heart surgery, thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, caesarean section, neurosurgery, ENT surgery, and craniofacial surgery 
Reading Assignments:
Students should complete reading material as assigned by the anesthesiologist.



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