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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
ANESTHESIOLOGY CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Two (2).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Four (4) to six (6) weeks

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  Yes

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED.  Third or fourth year.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS)
  • Not offered to civilian students.
  • HPSP students will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304 for clerkship request
  • The Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate rotation official upon receipt of the application and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • The objectives for a rotation in Anesthesia include both the technical skills of vascular canulation and airway management, as well as learning the physiology of the surgical patient and the effects of anesthetic agents on that patient.
  • You will be instructed on choosing an appropriate anesthetic agent and technique for a specific patient given their physical health and surgical procedure.
  • It is intended that students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the pharmacology of the drugs commonly employed in anesthesia, including inhalational and volatile agents, intravenous anesthetics, local anesthetics, narcotics, muscle relaxants, sympathomimetics, vasoactive agents and neuroleptics. Students will also learn how these drugs impact the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
  • Students have sessions in the simulation lab to augment and reinforce learning that has occurred in the operating room setting.
  • Students receive one-on-one training/supervision from anesthesia staff in the administration of anesthetics.
  • Students will be exposed to the anesthesia sub-speciality services provided at Tripler Army Medical Center.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.  No call for medical students rotating on this service.

REQUIRED READINGS.  Each student is expected to read selected sections in Basics of Anesthesia (authors Stoelting and Miller).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Each student is expected to attend all morning report and Morbidity and Mortality sessions.
  • Each student is encouraged to present a fifteen minute discussion on a topic of his/her interest (case report, journal review article or power point presentation) prior to the end of the rotation.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?

  • There will be an assessment at the end of the rotation, which emphasizes the practical and important points obtained from reading selected sections from the text, Basics of Anesthesia.
  • The evaluation will also reflect his/her fund of knowledge, ability to gather and synthesize information, and also his/her motivation, work habits, and interpersonal skills, rather than technical proficiency.

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