Preceptor: Ken Sutin, M.D.
Course Code: 01-01
Prerequisites: Any One Core Clerkship
The Department of Anesthesiology offers a four-week elective for a third or fourth year student who has completed both Medicine and Surgery Clerkships. This comprehensive elective introduces the student to preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management and postoperative routine and critical care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific foundations of anesthesia, including organ-system pathophysiology, autonomic and anesthetic pharmacology, and hemodynamic monitoring. Morning case conferences and afternoon topical lectures will supplement operating room patient care responsibilities. In the operating room, there is a one-to-one teaching by both anesthesia residents and faculty. The student may elect to do a one week rotation in a specialty field of anesthesia, e.g. obstetrics, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic or pediatrics. On-call responsibilities at Bellevue Hospital will be one evening per week during which time the student will work with the Bellevue Team Captain.
Objectives of the Elective
This elective introduces the student to preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management and postoperative routine critical care. The student will obtain a basic understanding of anesthesia, including organ-system pathophysiology, autonomic and anesthetic pharmacology, and hemodynamic monitoring.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
- To perform a preoperative anesthetic evaluation with the assistance of the resident.
- To understand the patient's medical problems, the anesthetic implications and develop a rational anesthetic plan. A keyword and topic list is distributed and indicates the minimum topics which should be reviewed.
- To assist the anesthesia resident in setting up the operating room in the morning and with the cases during the day.
- To attend morning teaching conferences, afternoon lectures, and departmental conferences.
In general, the program is as follows:
7:15AM Anesthesia Management Conference at Bellevue
8:00AM to 12:00PM in the Operating Room
12:00PM Lecture/Rounds at Bellevue
4:00PM Preoperative/postoperative patient evaluations.
Tuesday 5:00PM Departmental Grand Rounds
Tuesday 6:00PM Topical Review
Wednesday 7:00AM Departmental Lecture
The didactic program varies somewhat depending on the hospital where the student is rotating.
Method of Evaluation:
Evaluation is based on completed attending evaluation forms and oral evaluation with topics to be drawn from the list of Key Topics and the Suggested Reading List.
Months Offered: August–June
Duration: 2-4 weeks
Report To: 9AM, Bellevue Hospital, RM 11N34
Students per Period: 6–12