Medical Student Education

Third Year Anesthesia Clerkship

The overall goal of the clerkship is to provide you with a basic understanding of immediate perioperative patient management. You may or may not be permitted to attempt endotracheal intubation, however, your grade is not dependent on performance of this skill. You may also be permitted to perform intravenous access and you may wish to take advantage of this rotation to gain valuable advice regarding your access skills. The single most important technical skill you can learn is the ability to deliver effective bag-mask ventilation and mastery of this skill is required as part of the Basic Clinical Skills competency for the rotation.

The course objectives for the clinical portion of the clerkship are:

  • to participate in the perioperative management of a variety of patients;
  • to attempt some basic procedures with expert guidance in a cooperative patient;
  • to witness some of the basic procedures commonly performed by anesthesiologists during patient management;
  • to describe the basic preoperative evaluation emphasizing the appropriate areas in various patients;
  • to complete the tasks described in the anesthesia task log;
  • and bag to experience crisis management of simulated patient to master bag mask ventilation as part of the basic clincal skills competency;

The course objectives for the didactic portion of the clerkship are:

  1. to read and study the assigned document on Angel
  2. to attend the lecture covering ventilator management
  3. to attend and participate in the assigned simulator session and monitoring intersessioin

The text is Basics of Anesthesia (5th ed), Stoelting and Miller, eds, and is available on two week reserve at the Ruth Lily Medical Library. This can be used to suppliment the primary document on Angel.

Grades: Grades are determined by:

  1. a multiple choice final examination given at the end of the clerkship;
  2. clinical evaluation as determined by the resident and/or faculty you work with;
  3. attendance, daily and at the lecture and simulator session;
  4. evidence of mastery of bag mask ventilation in the CERTTS procdure log for the basic clincal skills competency;
  5. evidence of satisfactory completion of the tasks listed on the anesthesia task log

Fourth Year Anesthesia Elective Rotations


The Department of Anesthesia offers electives during the senior year which cover all aspects of Anesthesiology. One month rotations are available in the areas of adult, pediatric or obstetrical anesthesia, acute and chronic pain management, as well as the surgical intensive care units. During the elective rotation, the student has the opportunity to attend Core Curriculum lectures as well as Journal Clubs and Mortality-Morbidity Conferences. Specific areas that the student may expect to be exposed to include:

  • Preoperative evaluation and preparation
  • Airway management
  • Management of patients on ventilators
  • Interpretation of blood gases
  • Application of invasive monitoring techniques including systemic and pulmonary artery catheters
  • Techniques for postoperative pain management

Students interested in taking electives should contact the Department of Anesthesia (317-274-0275) for further information. Students considering post-graduate training in Anesthesiology are encouraged to take elective rotations in the first six months of the year.