Anaesthesia in the Clinical Setting

Sites: BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Jennifer McSweeney
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered July and August. US/Canadian Exclerks only.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: During the Anesthesia elective, students will work closely with faculty preceptors and residents in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of patients. Students will spend the first week with a faculty mentor in their clinical area of expertise. During the remaining weeks, students are proactively assigned to anesthesiology subspecialties according to their personal interests. These sub-specialties include cardiac, thoracic, vascular, orthopedic, plastic, neurosurgical and obstetrical anesthesiology, as well as the acute and chronic pain management services. In addition to weekly Problem Based Learning Discussions, students will also participate in our departmental conferences. While students will have the opportunity to participate in hands on learning, the goal of this clerkship is to provide a more in depth exposure to the diverse field of anesthesiology and further develop their critical thinking and decision making skills. Rather than focus on technical skills, we strive to help students understand important clinical concepts applicable no matter what specialty they choose. Real time applied physiology and pharmacology will be emphasized. As the month progresses and in accordance with level of enthusiasm and ability, students can expect to be given limited responsibility in caring for patients. If students are interested in exploring anesthesiology as a career, we will provide them with mentorship and career exploration opportunities.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Throughout their clinical experience in the operating room, students participate in the direct application of evidence based medical practice in conjunction with their clinical faculty.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
Students who consistently demonstrate skills above a 4th year medical student level
Students who often demonstrate skills above a 4th year medical student level
Students who demonstrate skills appropriate to the level of a 4th year medical student
Students who consistently demonstrate skills below the level of a 4th year medical student
Students who demonstrate unprofessional behavior