Credits: 4 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Directors: McSweeney, Jennifer Marie
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered July and August. U.S./Canadian Exclerks only.
Open to Exclerks: U.S./Canadian
During the Anesthesia elective, students will work closely with faculty preceptors and residents in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of patients. Students will spend the first week with a faculty mentor in their clinical area of expertise. During the remaining weeks, students are proactively assigned to anesthesiology subspecialties according to their personal interests. These sub-specialties include cardiac, thoracic, vascular, orthopedic, plastic, neurosurgical and obstetrical anesthesiology, as well as the acute and chronic pain management services. In addition to weekly Problem Based Learning Discussions, students will also participate in our departmental conferences.
While students will have the opportunity to participate in hands on learning, the goal of this clerkship is to provide a more in depth exposure to the diverse field of anesthesiology and further develop their critical thinking and decision making skills. Rather than focus on technical skills, we strive to help students understand important clinical concepts applicable no matter what specialty they choose. Real time applied physiology and pharmacology will be emphasized. As the month progresses and in accordance with level of enthusiasm and ability, students can expect to be given limited responsibility in caring for patients. If students are interested in exploring anesthesiology as a career, we will provide them with mentorship and career exploration opportunities.
Upon completion of the elective, students will:
Fund of knowledge:
Technical and procedural skills:
Clinical evaluation and management skills:
Initiative and desire to learn:
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Throughout their clinical experience in the operating room, students participate in the direct application of evidence based medical practice in conjunction with their clinical faculty.
As outlined in the Harvard Medical School Elective Clerkship Evaluation Form, students will be evaluated in: history taking, focused physical examination, fund of knowledge, technical and procedural skills, clinical evaluation and management skills, interpersonal skills, presentation skills, professionalism, cultural/social/systems awareness and initiative and desire to learn as outlined above in the course objectives.
Applicants are advised to read the detailed information provided before applying to the HMS Visiting Exchange Clerkship Program.
The Application and more information can be found at: http://ecommons.med.harvard.edu/org.asp?exclerk