Acting Internship in Anesthesiology
This elective is designed for the student interested in anesthesia. This elective will give the interested student an opportunity to work in the subspecialty areas of anesthesia. The student will gain exposure in cardiac, neuro, obstetrical and pain/regional anesthesia. The student will also have the opportunity to further develop airway management, including difficult airway management skills and intravenous catheter placement skills.
Additionally this elective will give the student an introduction to regional techniques, invasive monitoring placement and interpretation, and perioperative care of the cardiac, trauma, neuro, obstetrical and pain/regional patient.
Students who select an acting internship in Anesthesiology will have two options:
Option #1 (BTOR): Ben Taub Operating Rooms (BTORs) with a focus on Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Trauma Anesthesia, and Regional/Pain Medicine.
Option #2 (BTOB): Ben Taub Obstetrical Anesthesia and Gynecological operating rooms with a focus on Obstetrical Anesthesia, Gynecological Anesthesia, and Advanced Airway Management.
Students may choose one of the following rotation goals:
Option #1: To become familiar with standard ASA monitors and indications for invasive cardiovascular monitoring techniques. To be able to state the determinants of myocardial oxygen supply and demand and understand the difference in basic anesthetic management of patients with coronary artery disease and valvular disease. To appropriately evaluate a patient presenting for regional anesthesia. To understand and state the landmarks for basic upper and lower extremity regional blocks. To understand basic neurophysiology including but not limited to understanding determinants of cerebral blood flow.
Option #2: To become familiar with anesthetic concerns for the obstetric patient and indications for neuraxial anesthesia (spinal, epidural, combined spinal-epidural) vs. general anesthesia vs. monitored anesthetic care with IV/inhaled anesthesia. To understand the postoperative evaluation of a patient that has had a neuroaxial anesthesia and the management of postdural puncture headache, back pain, and neuropathies that may be attributed to receiving anesthetic care for obstetrics. To better recognize a potentially difficult airway and become familiar with the variety of available advance airway devices by observing their use in securing the airway.
Students are expected to attend and actively participate in Departmental Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and the CA-1 Lecture Series. Additionally students will receive specific lectures designed for medical students during the acting internship.
Each student in the acting internship is expected to complete a presentation on an anesthesia-related topic of his/ her choosing with approval from the Director of Anesthesiology Medical Student Education.
Acting Internship First Day Information
For Option #1: Students are to report to the Ben Taub Anesthesia Offices on the fourth floor behind the operating rooms. Students are to report on the first day at 8 a.m. and should report to one of the two assistants on the fourth floor, Oscar Porter or Cealy Browder (713-872-2860).
For Option #2: Students are to report to the BTOB Anesthesiology lounge on the 3rd floor of Ben Taub section 3F. They should arrive at 6:50am on the first day. Please call 713-873-2900 or 713-873-2905 if assistance is needed in finding the BTOB Anesthesiology lounge.