AE502M.1

Pain Relief in Childbirth

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Justin Stiles
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BIDMCE - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-East (1)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This course covers the theory and practice of pain relief during childbirth and the medical management of high risk obstetrical patients. Special attention will be focused on the interaction between obstetric anesthetic techniques and maternal/fetal physiology. The student will work closely with the obstetric anesthesia team (residents, fellow, and attendings) in the daily activities including providing analgesia for labor and anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Students will be expected to perform medical assessments, play an active role in the anesthetic care, and round on their patients the following day. In addition, the students will be assigned to follow particular high risk patients and will be expected to research and discuss the anesthetic implications of their diseases. Schedule will be M-F 7am to 5pm. Students will attend all afternoon and morning lectures. Overnight and weekend call is optional at the discretion of the student.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students will have daily lectures on either obstetric or general anesthesia. Discussion of topics will be expected to be defended by a thorough literature review and presentation of relevent published materials.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Student displays significant interest in the subjects being taught, and seeks supplemental learning. Student raises new topic of interest and leads discussion and/or research into the answers. Student actively participates in the care of the parturient and performs at the level of a beginning CA-1 resident. Presentations are well researched and thorough, and cleanly presented. Honors: Student displays interest in the subjects being taught. Student ask questions and seek answers from multiple sources. Student participates in the care of the parturient by assisting the residents or fellow and attending. Presentations are thorough, and cleanly presented. Satisfactory: Student displays interest in the subjects being taught. Student asks questions whenever the hear or see something they do not know. Student participates in the care of the parturient and by assisting the residents or fellow and attending. Student presents 2 topic of interest during the rotation. Unsatisfactory: Student does not attend the daily clinical duties without an excuse. Students does not participate in the care of the patients or show initiative to perform basic tasks.