Anesthesia Pic2 The goal of the two-week Perioperative Medicine Selective as part of the third year Core Clerkship in Surgery is to provide a more comprehensive exposure to the field of anesthesia and the range of issues associated with management of perioperative patients. This selective will particularly benefit medical students interested in a career in Anesthesia. It differs from the one-week anesthesia rotation in that it is primarily outside of the operating room and is intended to provide a well-rounded introduction to the field of anesthesiology.


Below are the assignments for this rotation:

Assignment Description

Preoperative Clinic
(One Day)

The student will learn about:

  • Anesthetic H&P
  • ASA Guidelines
  • NPO Guidelines
  • Airway Assessment
  • Preoperative cardiac assessment for non-cardiac surgery
  • Formulation of an anesthetic plan

Acute Pain Service
(Two Days)

The student will learn about:

  • Comprehensive management of postoperative pain via regional techniques
  • IV
  • Oral medications

Knowledge of pain management transcends specialty boundaries and will be of use to any student.

Regional Anesthesia
(One Day)

The student will:

  • Review basic anatomy
  • Learn about advanced techniques of nerve blocks and postoperative analgesia

Post Anesthesia Care Unit
(Two Days)

The student will:

  • Learn about perioperative fluid, electrolyte, access, and pain management issues
  • Learn about evaluating respiratory status and managing hemodynamics
  • Review skills such as EKG and chest x-ray interpretation
  • Attend codes with the code team

Simulation Center
(One Half Day)

The student will have hands-on practice with:

  • IV placement
  • Arterial line and central line insertion
  • Intubation
  • General OR management

(One Day)

The student will pick one complex patient from PAT or the OR schedule to follow throughout the preoperative course, including:

  • Preoperative holding area preparation
  • Intraoperative management
  • Postoperative care, including the plan for postoperative pain control

(Three Days)

The student will spend three days in the anesthesia subspecialty of his/her choice. The student may customize the experience by choosing from any available subspecialty including (but not limited to): obstetric anesthesia, critical care, chronic pain/pain clinic, and echocardiography.


Contact Information
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (Education Division)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Rabb 239
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
P: 617-667-3110
F: 617-667-5050