Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Scope and Objectives

The medical student program in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine focuses on the delivery of perioperative care to surgical patients. During their training in the department, students develop clinical skills of medical management of surgical patients, techniques of monitoring and invasive line placement, and airway management skills. They are assigned to work with an attending anesthesiologist and/or anesthesia resident on a daily basis in one of the operating room locations and participate in the preoperative evaluation and preparation of their patients and development of an anesthetic plan. Students then observe how to prepare for and execute their anesthetic plan. They have opportunity to perform procedures as their abilities and the situation permit. In addition, the department’s Human Patient Simulator provides students with a simulated operating room setting where a variety of clinical situations are initiated so they can practice their clinical skills. Students are also expected to attend clinically oriented lectures on a wide range of anesthesia topics, including physiology, pharmacology, and critical care.

For more details on the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and a list of the courses offered, see the department website.