Medical Students

Anesthesiology is part of the required curriculum for all third-year medical students. In addition, the department continues to maintain a strong presence in medical education with the growth of the third-year medical student sub-specialty rotation.

Teaching Principles and Practices

The rotation's emphasis is on instilling principles and practices that will serve the students regardless of their chosen field and, in particular, to assist the future physician in providing effective perioperative consultation for the surgical patient. Students gain experience in airway management, endotracheal intubation, and intravenous cannulation. Lectures and discussions focus on perioperative issues such as:

  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Fluid management
  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • Sedation/paralytics/local anesthesia outside the OR
  • Postoperative pain managementco-existing disease
  • Making the patient ready for surgery

Students are considered to be part of the anesthesia care team and are expected to participate in our patients' preoperative and postoperative care.

Additional Opportunities

  • To encourage excellence in the teaching of medical students, each year we recognize one resident by giving the Resident Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education.
  • The Anesthesia Interest Group, led by Dr. Kirk Shelley, brings together students with an interest in anesthesiology and exposes them to ongoing research ideas, career guidance and general enrichment.
  • Our fourth-year elective attracts students from around the world. Students receive instruction in the principles and practice of anesthesiology. They can customize their own training experience in anticipation of a career in anesthesiology.

Anesthesia Course Offerings

  • Anesthesiology 103
    Clinical Clerkship
    Full-time two-week clinical clerkship for students. Students will be assigned throughout the year to Yale-New Haven Hospital for introduction to clinical anesthesiology, including preoperative evaluation of patients, selection of anesthetic technique, and administration of anesthetics under supervision. Perioperative medicine, airway management, monitoring techniques, clinical pharmacology and physiology are emphasized.
  • Anesthesiology 104
    Advanced Clinical Clerkship
    Four-week elective, full-time clinical clerkship throughout the year (except July and August) for two students. Individualized program of instruction in anesthesia sub-specialties, including cardiovascular, neurosurgical, obstetrical, ambulatory and pediatric anesthesia.
  • Anesthesiology 141
    Clinical Research
    One or two students - hours arranged. Participation in ongoing research by Departmental faculty (non-invasive monitoring, cardiovascular monitoring and brain fMRI studies) involving clinical responses to drugs affecting cardiopulmonary and central nervous systems. The development of individual research projects is also encouraged.
  • Anesthesiology 142
    Basic Research Within Anesthesiology
    One or two students - hours arranged. Laboratory research training in the autonomic, cardiopulmonary or neurophysiological effects of drugs. Students may also participate in basic research on the mechanisms of pain and itch and tissue engineering.

Postdoctoral Education

Postdoctoral education is not limited to clinical anesthesiology residents. Senior residents and research fellows also receive instruction on introductory and advanced research techniques. Educational programs in research include:

  • Clinical and laboratory activities related to intensive care and respiratory care
  • Clinical and laboratory activities related to cardiothoracic physiology
  • Clinical and laboratory activities related to pediatric anesthesiology
  • Vascular reactivity of lung and cardiovascular system
  • Perinatal and pediatric function in relation to anesthesiology
  • Pulmonary and cardiovascular pharmacology and physiology¬†
  • Neuropharmacology and neurophysiology

Internal & External Education

Internal continuing education consists of participation in seminars and other educational exercises within the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The subjects of these lectures include all phases of anesthesiology - acute respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pharmacology, obstetrics, pediatrics, neuroanesthesia, thoracic anesthesia conferences, and patient management conferences.