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Medical Students

Medical Student Simulation

The Department of Anesthesia introduces medical students to anesthesia as a specialty, enabling them to develop concepts and technical skills related to resuscitation, airway management, and care of the unconscious patient; as well as offering intensive study in the specialty through advanced anesthesia rotations.

Clinical Anesthesia Rotation

This introductory two week rotation in the Department of Anesthesia is for second, third or fourth year medical students, and will acquaint them with the perioperative management of patients.

Students will attend departmental Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality conferences, and resident didactic lectures. Eight additional lectures designed specifically for medical students will also be presented, including basic facets of anesthetic management, preoperative evaluation, intraoperative monitoring, and pharmacology; obstetric and pediatric anesthesia; and pain medicine. Students receive extensive one-on-one clinical instruction during daily operating room assignments with departmental anesthesia providers. Clinical opportunities are generally provided in the Main Operating Rooms, but experience may also include the Ambulatory Surgery Center, Electroconvulsive Therapy Suite,  Urology Suites, and other satellite locations.

The final grade for this rotation is based on clinical performance evaluations by Anesthesia faculty, residents and CRNAs, and a computerized examination. This course serves as a prerequisite for the Anesthesia Senior rotation (ANES:8401).

NOTE: The Department of Anesthesia offers an Externship program for students in their senior year. It is recommended that students interested in applying for this program complete the ANES:8301 two week Anesthesia rotation during their second or third year. To be eligible for the Anesthesia Externship, a student must have completed the two week rotation prior to start of the Externship in May. Anyone chosen for the Externship must also take the Anesthesia Senior Rotation (ANES:8401) rotation early in their fourth year.

The Clerkship Co-Directors are Dr. Andrew Feider and Dr. Sapna Ravindranath. Questions regarding the rotation may be directed to Lorri Barnes by calling 384-9273, or emailing lorri-barnes@uiowa.edu.

Four Week Senior Anesthesia Rotation

Students who participate in the four- week senior anesthesia rotation will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in advanced clinical anesthesia management of surgical patients with co-existing medical problems
  • Gain clinical experience in various forms of anesthesia including: general, obstetric, regional/pain, (spinal, epidural, peripheral nerve block) and cardiothoracic anesthesia
  • Increase their practical experience in airway management, mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation, LMA placement, as well as other alternative airway techniques
  • Learn appropriate medical management of surgical patients under anesthesia, including pharmacology, cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology

SNICU  Rotation

Students who participate in the SNICU rotation will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Evaluation and treatment of seriously ill patients in intensive care
  • Ventilator management
  • Evaluation of pulmonary function
  • Monitoring of cardiovascular status, fluid balance and acid based problems
  • Advanced monitoring techniques