Fourth-year students may elect a two- or four-week clinical rotation in anesthesiology. Anesthesiology is a highly technical and sophisticated medical specialty requiring a broad working knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics and electronics.

In addition, one must be skilled in airway management, regional anesthetic techniques and in all aspects of invasive hemodynamic monitoring. Our goals for this rotation are to teach anesthesiology-related concepts and skills with which all physicians should be familiar.
Specifically we demonstrate and provide instruction on:

  • Techniques of preoperative evaluation to recognize those patients and situations that pose an increased anesthetic risk.
  • Optimal preoperative therapy for these patients to minimize their risk.
  • Characteristics of commonly used drugs, anesthetic agents and techniques and their risks and complications.
  • Principles and skills involved in airway management, intraoperative fluid therapy and the use of intraoperative monitors.
  • General and specific anesthetic skills for airway management, ventilation, and hemodynamic support as applied to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Special considerations in providing anesthesia care for obstetrical patients.
  • Special considerations in providing anesthesia care for cardiothoracic surgery patients.
  • Appreciation for the complexity of chronic pain syndromes.

Optimal postoperative care and control of postoperative pain.