The Department of Anesthesiology offers several courses to M3 and M4 students interested in advancing their knowledge about the practice of anesthesiology and gaining exposure to perioperative medicine. Third-year medical students may elect to participate in a 2-week introduction to learn more about this specialty, while fourth-year medical students can participate in several 1-month courses.
For M4 students enrolled in a clerkship, the Department of Anesthesiology offers Graduate Procedural Anatomy and Simulation (GPAS), an organized small-group review series of human anatomy integrated with hands-on, simulation-based training in invasive medical procedures, pain management and management of medical emergencies. Learning activities include:
- Pre-course assessment of airway management and CPR skills on computerized patient simulators;
- Basic and difficult airway management, including review of airway anatomy and airway anesthesia and basic/advanced airway management skill training;
- Vascular access skill training in peripheral venous and arterial access and central venous access;
- Scenarios in Advanced Cardiac Life Support using computerized simulator-based training;
- Spinal access, including review of the anatomy of the vertebral column, meninges, and spinal cord and skill training in lumbar puncture and measurement of opening pressure;
- EKG review;
- Post-course assessment of airway management, CPR, and ACLS skills in perioperative emergency context using computerized patient simulators.