PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkships in Medicine and Surgery. NOTE: This course is not offered during the month of July.

PURPOSE: The anesthesiology rotation provides a superb clinical experience through a combination of "hands-on" patient care and organized didactics. In addition to teaching the core elements of practical anesthesia care, the elective is designed to give students a feel for what this exciting specialty is all about. Students usually work one-on-one with an attending and actually get the opportunity to provide anesthesia from the first day of the rotation. You are strongly encouraged to participate in patient care and, generally, students are allowed to perform procedures in accordance with their level of interest; in other words, the more you want to do, the more you will do.

COMPETENCIES: Students will learn essential components of Anesthesiology practice, including: 1) Preoperative patient assessment and preparation; 2) Establishing an anesthetic plan; 3) Anesthesia circuit set up and machine check; 4) Principles of inducing and maintaining general anesthesia; 5) Techniques of regional anesthesia; 6) Airway management, mask ventilation and endotracheal intubation; 7) Pharmacology of anesthetic drugs; and 8) Postoperative care and acute pain management. Students will participate in roughly ten to fifteen cases per week and in the latter two weeks can rotate into specialty ORs: cardiac, neuro, peds, pain and OB. Students are evaluated daily and at the rotation’s end take a written test based on the First Month Course.  Final grade is a composite of evaluations and the test score. The last day of the rotation comprises the exam and a group debriefing through which we learn how we can improve the course experience.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: We provide each student a copy of a standard Anesthesiology text and a daily core lecture series: "The First Month Course," on assigned readings from this book. In addition, at MRH and UICMC there are daily morning conferences, including case management, journal club, subspecialty meetings, and a pharmacology lecture: "Drug of the Week."  Students interested in a slightly different milieu may sign up for the popular rotation at St. Francis Hospital. All students are invited to the monthly Morbidity-Mortality Conference which includes dinner and a guest lecture.



Program Number                   Location                                  Program Director       Telephone

ELEC 601                                UICMC/MRH/SFH/ACMC    G. Weinberg, M.D.      312/996-0588


Duration 4 Weeks                                           Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact 10

Night Call Optional                                         Laboratory 0

Weekends? No                                              Outpatient 0

Students accepted 2-4                                   Inpatient 30

Housestaff used as Faculty? Yes                  Total hours/week 40

Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.