Elective Description:

The fourth-year elective in Anesthesiology is a four-week rotation that is intended to provide a broad overview of the field of anesthesiology. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of cases from basic ambulatory procedures to more advanced subspecialty cases, obstetric anesthesia, non-OR anesthesia, and acute and chronic pain management. The rotation is flexible to meet individual students' expectations based on experience level, goals, and interests.


Fourth-year medical students must have completed both Medicine and Surgery Clerkships.


  • Understand and participate in the preoperative assessment, intraoperative management, and postoperative care of patients
  • Become familiar with common anesthesia drugs (induction agents, volatile anesthetics, opiates, neuromuscular blocking agents and reversal drugs, local anesthetics), their mechanisms of action, and side effects
  • Appreciate airway management techniques and participate as appropriate
  • Understand basic physiological principles as they apply to anesthesiology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anesthesia monitoring
  • Understand different types of anesthetics (MAC vs. general anesthesia vs. regional anesthesia)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the phases of general anesthesia (induction, maintenance, emergence, recovery)
  • Begin to formulate a comprehensive anesthetic plan

For students interested in applying for a fourth-year rotation, please apply through AAMC VSAS - Visiting Student Application Services.

Additional Information:

Group didactics will be held daily. The topics and times of the didactic sessions will be distributed prior to the start of the elective.