The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine offers clerkship opportunities to medical students. Our clerkships are designed to provide advanced junior and senior medical students with insights into the subspecialty of anesthesiology and the importance of the anesthesiologist in caring for patients prior to surgery, during surgery and during the postoperative period. Both clerkships are open to UC Davis medical students and medical students visiting from other medical schools. Visiting medical students must comply with the UC Davis externship records policies and procedures and provide required documentation.

The clerkships are hands-on and illustrate the role of the anesthesiologist in the clinical setting. Medical Students spend time in the operating rooms in the new Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion. During the rotation, students are assigned to an individual faculty mentor to guide them and be responsible for their daily clinical activities. During the clerkship, students become familiar with the many facets of the practice of anesthesiology including the perioperative setting, pre-anesthetic evaluation, inducing and maintaining anesthesia during surgery, patient emergence from anesthesia and post anesthesia care. By the end of the rotation, it is expected that the medical student will have developed an information base allowing them to identify and manage common pre-operative concerns facing anesthesiologists and surgeons; developed an awareness and appreciation of the importance of patient safety; understand pharmacological dosing, effects, and complications related to various anesthetic techniques; acquire a basic facility with airway and ventilator manipulation; and be able to contribute substantially to the management of regional or general anesthetics under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist.

As the performance evaluation is based upon clinical performance, it is necessary that medical students be able to commit to the entire length of rotation unless alternative arrangements are made and approved in advance. Our clerkships are an opportunity for the medical student to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the operating room setting in a Level One trauma center and an academic institution. You will be exposed to the challenges faced by anesthesiologists and surgeons on a daily basis and how they provide excellent patient care while coping with the demands of a busy clinical setting.

You will have a daily interactive conversational lecture with a departmental faculty member. The lecture will be related to the faculty member’s expertise and will explore translating theory into clinical scenarios. Topics covered include pediatric anesthesiology, cardiac anesthesiology, anesthesiology for transplant, ambulatory anesthesiology, managing trauma patients, airway management, interpreting monitors and administering general anesthesia. You are also expected to attend the Monday afternoon lectures and the Tuesday morning lectures. The Monday morning lectures are more didactic in nature while the Tuesday morning lectures are case conferences presented by a resident.

Intro To Anesthesiology And Perioperative Medicine

This is an introductory course to anesthesiology during the MS3 year, with the emphasis on introducing students to the field of anesthesiology and the day-to-day practice of an anesthesiologist in the perioperative setting. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of patient care scenarios surrounding perioperative care of our patients coming to the OR for surgical procedures. The course content and learning objectives provide the student with the unique opportunity to gain experience in delivering patient care in the perioperative context. The fast-paced and goal-directed nature of the perioperative arena affords numerous opportunities to develop and improve interpersonal communication skills as well as professionalism through multidisciplinary collaboration.

Four week rotation held every 4 weeks, except July, starting January.

Instructor of Record: David Li, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Primary Care Multidisciplinary Pain Management

This rotation will give 3rd year TEACH-MS students an overview of the scope of Pain Medicine. During the 2-week rotation, students will become familiar with the criteria used to refer patients to the pain management service and learn to work with other specialties in the management of patients with acute and chronic pain. The rotation will offer a diverse clinical and didactic experience intended to stimulate trainees to go beyond the facts of what is known in pain management and to inquire of what is yet to be known. Medical students can expect to be exposed to the full range of pain treatments from interventional to medical, benign to cancer, and from a medical model to behavioral rehabilitation. The training experience is substantially integrated with didactic and interactive teaching sessions focused toward both understanding basic foundations of pain management and critically reviewing the current clinical and basic science literature. Our core faculty collectively has formal training in Pain Management as well as Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Psychology as well as basic science research. Collaborations with almost every other service at UCDMC offer our students an extremely diverse experience.

Pre-requisites: Completion of preclinical years and passage of Step 1

Instructor of Record:  Samir Sheth, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Mureen Darrington, 916 734-6688, mdarrington@ucdavis.edu

Fourth Year Medical Student Elective

This elective is intended to broadly introduce the senior medical student to the specialty of anesthesiology in the context of perioperative medicine, spanning preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and immediate postoperative care. Students works directly with residents & attendings in the operating room; reasonable emphasis is placed on “hand-on” clinical work, within the limits of patient safety, time, and efficiency.

Four week rotation held every 4 weeks, except July.

Instructor of Record: Aubrey Yao, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Perioperative Medicine

This course will provide the student with a broad exposure to various patient care services within the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine so that you’ll be better equipped to apply your medical knowledge to safely care for patients. The student will learn about the preoperative evaluation, basic principles of anesthesia, and management of acute postoperative pain.

This is a two week rotation held every four weeks, except July.

Instructor of Record: Brian Pitts, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Perioperative Management Of The Obstetric Patient

This is an anesthesia subspecialty rotation focusing on the pre-, intra- and post- operative care of patients undergoing obstetric procedures. While significant emphasis procedures and its implications on anesthesia, medical students will also follow obstetric patients throughout perioperative period with instruction from anesthesiologists, and obstetricians. Knowledge and skills obtained during the rotation are applicable to general anesthesia and regional anesthesia.

Two week rotation held every four weeks, starting May.

Instructor of Record: Cristina Chandler, M.D. and Maria Cristina Gutierrez, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Multidisciplinary Pain Management

Advanced Clinical Clerkship Students will be directly involved with the practice of contemporary multidisciplinary pain management including acute, chornic, cancer pain, outpatient nerve blocks and the Pain Clinic. The student will be exposed to the pain treatment from disciplines of Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, PM&R, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurology as well as basic science research.

Instructor of Record: Samir Sheth, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Mureen Darrington, 916 734-6688, mdarrington@ucdavis.edu

Multidisciplinary Approach To The Neurosurgical Patient

This is an anesthesia subspecialty rotation focusing on perioperative care of patients undergoing neurosurgery. While significant emphasis will be given to understanding central nervous system physiology during neurosurgical procedures and its implications on anesthesia, medical students will also follow neurosurgical patients throughout perioperative period with instruction from anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, and neurointensivists. Knowledge and skills obtained during the rotation are applicable to general anesthesia, neurosurgery, and management in neurologic intensive care settings.

Four week rotation held every 4 weeks, starting July 2017.

Instructor of Record: Cinthia Tirado, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Applied Physiology and Pharmacology Special Studt Module

This course will review and demonstrate the application of basic physiology and pharmacology to patient care. There will be an in depth analysis of the physiology and pharmacology of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, nervous, renal and endocrine systems.

Instructor of Record: Neal W. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu

Research Electives

This elective is designed to introduce medical students to research within the field of anesthesiology and provide exposure to a variety of research designs and methodologies. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical or database research projects or they may pursue and design independent projects. The activities that take place during this course will vary, depending upon the student's interest, the research project chosen and the stage in which that project stands. They may include protocol design and development, IRB data collection, data analysis or project summary and presentation.

Instructor of Record: Richard L. Applegate ll, M.D.

Department Course Coordinator: Cecille Del Rosario, 916-734-5028, csdelrosario@ucdavis.edu