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Department: MEANE-Anesthesiology
Course: 502-Obstetric Anesthesiology

Course Coordinator: Dr. Crystal C. Wright
Course Faculty: Dr. Jose Rivers,Dr. Maria Lozano-Gorena
Elective Location:
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 or OBGyn
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): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Yes Inpatient consultations: 70
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
  Didactic: 30
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 receive supervised instruction in the principles and techniques of anesthesic management for obstetric patients. At Ben Taub General Hospital approximately 6000 deliveries are performed each year, of which approximately 40 percent of these are high risk parturients. Approximately fifty percent of all parturients require anesthetic intervention. All seven faculty anesthesiologists are board certified and fellowship trained. Faculty anesthesiologists provide twenty-four hour coverage for labor analgesia service and all obstetric emergencies. The faculty members actively participate in clinical and didactic teaching and supervisin for all cases in the Labor and Delivery Suites, Gynecology and Surgical operating rooms. Designed primarily for students planning a career in Anesthesiology, this advance clinical clerkship provides students supervised experience with labor analgesia techniques, i.e., epidural and intrathecal opiods, combined spinal epidural, patient-controlled epidural analgesia and continuous local anesthesia infusion. Students also receive experieince with spinal anesthesia technique for cesarean sections and postpartum tubal ligation. In addition to obstetric cases, anesthetics performed for elective and emergency gynecological and surgical cases enable students to acquire airway management and venous access skills.
Learning Activities
Didactic instruction includes daily case discussions, twice weekly lectures and monthly clinical conferences. Night call is required.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
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: Department of Anesthesiology; Faculty Center
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