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.

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

IOR:  Samir Sheth, MD

During this rotaton, students learn the basics of airway management, hemodynamic monitoring, fluid management and medication selection and dosing.  They acquire basic anesthesia knowledge and technical skills commonly employed in the operating room and learn to identify and manage common perioperative issues.  Students work directly with anesthesiologists and residents in the operating room.

Anesthesia 460 is a four week course and is recommended for medical students who have made the decision to pursue anesthesia as their medical specialty or for medical students who want to gain an in depth understanding of the specialty.

Contact Joyce Groen  for further information.
(916) 734-5028

Aubrey Yao, M.D.
Instructor of Record
Medical Student Clerkship

This course will provide the student with a broad exposure to various patient care services within the Department of Anesthesiology.  The student will learn about the preoperative evaluation, basic principles of anesthesia, and management of acute postopoerative pain.

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

Brian Pitts, M.D.
Instructor of Record

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.

Samir Sheth, M.D.
Instructor of Record

Contact Mureen Darrington for further information
(916) 734-6688

Applied Physiology & Pharmacology Special Study 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.


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