Anesthesiology Rotations

1. ANES 5011 Anesthesiology Clerkship

Goal: To introduce medical students to the basic principles of the practice of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine as well as to various anesthesia subspecialties.
Director: Ricardo Diaz Milian, MD
Location: Augusta University Hospital and Clinics
Enrollment: Minimum 1, maximum 6
Prerequisites: Phase 3 core curriculum rotations
Duration: 1 month
Months offered: August through May

2. ANES 5014 Respiratory Care

Goal: To help students develop the skills necessary to treat patients with respiratory insufficiency and to manage a patient in need of mechanical ventilation or other respiratory therapy modalities. The students are active members of the Code 99 (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) team.
Director: Pam Rosema, MHSA
Location: Augusta University Hospital and Clinics
Enrollment: Minimum 5, maximum 25 
Prerequisites: None
Duration: 1 month
Months offered: July through April

3. ANES 5015 Critical Care Anesthesia

Goal: To expose students to the general medical principles and management of critically ill surgical patients in the intensive care unit environment.
Director: Mafdy Basta, MD
Location: Augusta University Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Enrollment: Minimum 1, maximum 4
Prerequisites: Phase 3 core curriculum
Duration: 1 month
Months offered: August through May

4. ANES 5008 Pain Management Elective

Goal: The student will be able to recognize common acute, chronic, and cancer pain conditions as well as develop a basic understanding in pharmacological and interventional treatment modalities.
Location: Augusta University Hospital and Clinics
Enrollment: Maximum 1
Prerequisites: None
Months offered: August through June

5. ANES 5002 Anesthesiology Research Elective (Special Elective)

Goal: To introduce the student to scientific discovery, experimental design, methodology, and data analysis. Our research faculty study the pathophysiology and treatment of sickle cell disease and related diseases, including the development of nanomedicine-based strategies for gene correction in hemoglobinopathies, gene expression in erythroid-lineage cells, and anti-inflammatory therapies for acute lung injury. Our projects are translational in nature, i.e., we use basic science tools and preclinical animal models to study clinically relevant questions.
Location: Anesthesia Research Laboratory
Enrollment: Arranged individually with Dr. Steffen Meiler
Prerequisites: ANES 5011
Duration: 1-2 months
Months Offered: All year (by special arrangement)

6. ANES 5003 Anesthesiology Preceptorship (Special Elective)

Goal: Provide opportunities for clinical experience in anesthesiology at an off-campus hospital, introducing student to the basic principles of anesthesiology as well as the critical care, pain management, and perioperative management of patients.
Location: Off campus
Enrollment: Arranged individually
Duration: 1 month
Months offered: By arrangement; SEA form required

Anesthesiology Clerkship “Shadowing” Program

We provide medical students from all levels the opportunity to shadow an anesthesiologist in the operating room during the evenings and weekends. These days and times are chosen for the shadowing program because we have other learners in the OR during regular weekday working hours, including clerkship students, off-service rotators from other departments, and student-registered nurse anesthetists. This shadowing program exposes medical students to the anesthesiology specialty and helps them decide whether to choose this specialty for their career.                                                   

When a student decides to shadow an anesthesiologist, the time and dates are approved by the clerkship director and the clerkship coordinator helps the student to gain access to the OR. The student is paired with a faculty member in the main operating room who has an interest in student education. This attending shows the student “the ropes,” including the work routine for anesthesia providers in the OR, and answers questions.

Anesthesia Externship (Graduate Assistant Program in Anesthesiology)

The externship program was started by Dr. Perry Volpitto in 1938 as means of providing obstetrical anesthesia coverage (Bulletin of Anesthesia History, 1999;17:1,6-8). It has grown into a well established program which provides students valuable clinical anesthesia experience, financial support, and an opportunity to gain a greater depth of knowledge of anesthesia prior to choosing a specialty.

The extern candidate is a medical student of good academic standing (GPA of at least 3.0) who is willing to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Presently we have about 7-8 medical students working as externs in the OR during different shifts. Externs are trained by the chief extern and anesthesia technicians. They serve as junior anesthesia technicians and assist anesthesiology faculty and residents in the OR.

Anesthesiology Interest Group

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine supports the Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) at the Medical College of Georgia. The AIG is comprised of medical students of all levels with an interest in anesthesiology. They select their president and co-president. A wide range of activities are conducted during AIG meetings to provide valuable information to medical students who are seriously considering anesthesiology as a career. Over the years, our chairmen, faculty members, and residents have participated in the AIG, answering questions, facilitating airway workshops, and sponsoring dinner seminars to discuss the specialty, anesthesiology rotations, and the residency application and match process. The goal is to provide medical students with the resources they need to make an informed decision about the next step in their medical career.

Anesthesiology Mentor Program

The department provides a mentorship program for rising third-year students who declare anesthesiology as their preferred specialty. Each student is paired with a faculty member who provides guidance on the programs that might best suit the student and about the match program, helps them in preparing their personal statement and curriculum vitae, and generally writes a letter of recommendation. A number of faculty members are eager to advise and mentor these future colleagues.