Program Coordinator: Ira Abels, MD
Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: May vary and/or require department pre-approval or other prerequisites.
No. of Students: 1


Completion of all core clerkships. Open to senior medical students.

Students should have a genuine interest in Anesthesia and/or plans for an Anesthesia residency.


To introduce the interested student to the many facets of Anesthesiology.


Anesthesiology is a form of acute care medicine. The student can expect to be exposed to and taught:

  • The management of procedures for rendering a patient insensible to pain during surgical and certain medical procedures.
  • The support of life functions under the stress of anesthetic and surgical manipulation.
  • The clinical management of the patient unconscious from whatever cause.
  • The management of problems in pain relief.
  • The management of problems in cardiac and respiratory resuscitation.
  • The clinical management of various fluids, electrolytes and metabolic disturbances. The methods of accomplishing the above are flexible and can be modified according to the needs of the student. Teaching will be done primarily in the operating room and will be supplemented with exposure to the Intensive Care Unit, Pain Management Center, and the recovery room. Instruction will be given in the medical knowledge, the techniques and the judgmental aspects of anesthesiology.

Didactic teaching will include:

  • On-going lectures of the Division of Anesthesiology, including clinical management conferences and basic science lectures.
  • A medical student handbook covering basic anesthesia pharmacology, preoperative patient assessment, and the anesthesia machine.
  • Supplementary reading material will be provided.


Evaluations will be distributed by the UME department to the preceptor at the end of the rotation.