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Department: MEANE-Anesthesiology
Course: 401-Clinical Anesthesiology

Course Coordinator: Dr. Crystal C. Wright
Course Faculty: Dr. Crystal C. Wright
Elective Location: BTGH
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Medicine & Surgery
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 6:30am-3:30pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery: 80
  Didactic: 10
  Other: 10
Statement of Goals:
Faculty approval required for all Anesthesia elective registration. Offered each month except July. Students must invest four or more weeks to receive elective credit. (Limited number of visiting student participation) Students acquire supervised experience in the preoperative preparation, anesthetic management, and early post operative care of patients from all surgical specialities. Pre-operative anesthesia care is provided for about 8,000 patients every year. As the Ben Taub General Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the City of Houston, approximately 33% of these patients require emergency procedures.
Learning Activities
Faculty anesthesiologists provide around-the-clock education and supervision in the 10-operating rooms, the Cystoscopy Suite, and Pre and Post Anesthesia Care Units, the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The Anesthesiology Service participates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and provides consultation for emergency airway management, vascular access, hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, and perioperative pain management.
Evaluation Methods
The elective is designed for students considering a career in Anesthesiology, the elective provides supervised instruction in airway management, endotracheal intubation, vascular access, clinical monitoring, clinical pharmacology and physiology valuable to students planning to enter any primary care speciality including critical care and the surgical subspecialities. Didactic instruction includes daily case discussions, weekly lectures, and monthly morbidity and mortality conferences. Night Call is not required, but students may take night call to gain additional experience. Students who elect to take optional night call are dismissed at midnight.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
6:30am Ben Taub OR Central OR Desk
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Annette Brieno -- Off on Fridays
Contact Phone: 713-798-1887
Contact Fax: 713-798-6374
Contact Location: 1709 Dryden, Suite 1700
Address: Dept of Anesthesiology; Faculty Center
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