Clinical Anesthesia

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Justin Stiles
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered July.
Location: BIDMC - BI-Deaconess Medical Center (5)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course is designed to give the senior medical student a broad experience in clinical anesthesiology and acute pain management that is consistent with his/her career goals and motivation for taking the course. The student is assigned to clinical learning activities primarily in the operating rooms at BIDMC. Each day the student is assigned to an anesthesia faculty member (and usually an anesthesia resident or fellow), who will instruct and supervise the student during their learning experience. The student initially will be assigned to operating rooms where non-complex, predominantly ambulatory procedures are being performed, so that the basics of simple anesthetics and airway management can be mastered. As the month progresses the student will be assigned to progressively more complex surgical procedures in more medically complicated patients, so that the student can gain an understanding of advanced anesthetic techniques and the perioperative medical management of patients with multisystem disease. In addition to these clinical assignments, the student will attend department conferences and lectures. By the end of the month the student is expected to complete and present a detailed case writeup in which the anesthetic management of a complicated case will be discussed. Although there is no required night call, the student is free to remain after hours and on weekends with the night call team if they so desire.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
In order to master the basics of anesthesiology, the student must apply his/her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in an integrated way. Anesthesiology as a specialty comprises evidence-based applied basic science that directly addresses the problems unique to the anesthetic and medical management of the surgical patient. Implicite in the mastery of the course goals is the student's improved understanding of applied basic science as exempified in this highly evidence-based specialty.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: The student has demonstrated mastery of the course goals at a level that far exceeds the course director's expectations. Honors: The student has demonstrated mastery of the course goals at a level that exceeds the course director's expectations. Satisfactory: The student has demonstrated a minimally acceptable mastery of the course goals. Unsatisfactory: The student has failed to master the course goals at a minimally satisfactory level.