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The Anesthesiology Department offers four-week clerkships to fourth year medical students at Tufts and other medical schools approved by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

The student works one-on-one with an attending anesthesiologist and resident anesthesiologist, both of whom are committed to teaching. The setting is a busy, 30-room OR that conducts 50 to 90 surgeries a day. A day-by-day outline of topics is provided as a guide for reading and for discussion with the staff anesthesiologist and resident anesthesiologist.

The curriculum covers the following:

  • The pharmacology and clinical use of local anesthetics, pressors, inotropes, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and analgesics
  • The physiology and delivery of general anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, and regional anesthesia
  • Methods of patient monitoring
  • Fluid and transfusion therapy
  • The intra-operative management of co-existing diseases such as hypertension, cardiac disease, asthma, diabetes, and renal insufficiency
  • Aspects of anesthesia for surgical subspecialties such as vascular, neurosurgery, thoracic cardiac, regional block service, pediatrics and obstetrics

The staff guides the student through all phases of anesthetic care from pre-operative patient evaluation and preparation for surgery to OR management, procedures and planning for post-operative analgesia.

A text book will be provided for the rotation. For additional texts and current journals, students have access to the department library. Students are expected to attend the Anesthesiology Grand Rounds each Thursday morning at 7:00 AM as well as the anesthesiology residents’ lectures series that takes place each Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. Students may also participate in Simulation sessions if scheduled.

The student should, by the end of the month, be able to outline a reasonable anesthetic plan for a healthy patient undergoing general anesthesia for outpatient surgery. Additionally, the student should demonstrate progress in his or her procedural skills as well as anesthesia knowledge.

Students' clinical responsibilities are from Monday through Friday from 6:45 AM to 4:00 PM, unless arranged differently with the attending and/or resident anesthesiologist. No overnight call or weekend hours are expected.

Students who are interested in this clerkship should apply electronically through the VSAS System.

For specific questions about the rotation, contact Charles “Ted” Lord, Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Anesthesiology at (207) 662-2526. Students may also contact Kristin Johnson, Residency Coordinator at (207) 662-4594.


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