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Department: MEANE-Anesthesiology
Course: 502-Obstetric Anesthesiology

Course Director: Jose M. Rivers, M.D.,Laura Torres, M.D.
Course Faculty: Jose M. Rivers, M.D.,Shobana Chandrasekhar, M.D.
Elective Location: BTGH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
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: No Inpatient consultations: 70
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
  Didactic: 30
Statement of Goals:
Students receive supervised instruction in the principles and techniques of anesthetic management for obstetric patients. At Ben Taub General Hospital approximately 6,000 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 ten 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 supervision 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 opioids, combined spinal epdiural, patient-controlled epidural analgesia and continuous local anesthesia infusion. Students also receive experience 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. Monday – Friday, Clinical 6:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday – Friday, Individual academic site conferences Wednesday, Department Grand Rounds, 6:30 - 7:30 am Mondays & Wednesdays, CA I Lectures, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Learning Activities
Didactic instruction includes daily case discussions, twice weekly lectures and monthly clinical conferences. Night call is required.
Evaluation Methods
Students will be evaluated by faculty, fellows, and residents. This evaluation will be based upon objective and subjective criteria: attendance, fund of knowledge, attitude, level of professional maturity.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Report at 6:30 am to the Ben Taub Obstetric Anesthesiology Conference Room, 3rd Floor (3LD-62-022)
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Annete Brieno
Contact Phone: 713-798-1887
Contact Fax: 713-798-6374
Contact Location: Neurosensory Center Building, Suite NC114P

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