Year Four Courses

Four Week Electives

PED 739 - Pediatric Cardiology Elective with global health experience (4th year) - 5

Instructor: Linda Pauliks, MD


ANSTH 770 - Anesthesiology Clinical Elective


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Dr. Carolyn Barbieri


Administrative Coordinator:

Pam Myers ( )



Third year core clerkships and ANSTH700


Maximum Number of Students:

6 (HY), 1 (Lehigh)


When Offered:

All Rotations - July/August/September restricted


Length Of Course:

1 month



Hershey, Lehigh (Dr. Rafael Martinez)



The course at Lehigh will depend on the specific location. The course at Hershey is designed for senior medical students who are seeking a career in anesthesia. The rotation will have 4th year medical students interested in pursuing a career in anesthesia act as CA-1s. The medical student will have the majority of their time in the OR (Neuroanesthesia, Pediatric, or Cardiothoracic Anesthesia) or the Acute Pain Team, working with residents and/or the anesthesia attending. The medical student will be required to read the patient's history the night before and be able to discuss the anesthetic implications with the anesthesia team the day of surgery. They should also formulate and discuss a plan for induction, maintenance, and emergence with the team. At the end of the month, the medical student should know the common drugs in anesthesia including the mechanism of action, dosage, side effects, and indications of use. The medical student should also be able to interpret anesthetic monitors, ventilator management, understand indications for various anesthetic techniques (general anesthesia vs. regional vs. Monitored Anesthesia Care), perform a pre-operative evaluation, and understand anesthetic implications of various diseases and their intra-op management. The student will be required to take overnight call, where they will continue to gain experience in pre-op evaluation, intra-op care, and post-op care of the surgical patient. The student will attend all didactic sessions which the 1st year anesthesia residents attend. The medical student may also receive a number of sessions in the simulation lab. The medical student's evaluation will be based on a preoperative evaluation, a written examination, procedure log, and daily evaluations by residents and attendings.

The student's patient-care responsibilities will be determined by their individual experience and educational motivation, as assessed by the supervising anesthesia faculty. Student performance of technical procedures will be encouraged but only within the context of patient safety and the student's knowledge of the patient, pertinent anatomy, and the risks and benefits of such procedures. Every effort will be made to "track" students with specific faculty or senior residents to enhance familiarity and, thus, enrich the educational experience.


Additional Information:

Medical Students will be required to take 4 overnight calls during their month rotation. They will be excused from clinical activity post call at 7 a.m., but are expected to return to the hospital for all afternoon lectures.