Basic and advanced monitoring systems. Bench and computer-based instruction and testing of cardiovascular, respiratory, neuro, neuromuscular, and renal physiology and pharmacology. Gowning and gloving; suturing; sterile fields. Includes an entry-level examination on medical terminology, symbols, medical word formation, disease terms, abbreviations, and procedures.
Basic and advanced monitoring systems. Bench and computer-based instruction and testing of cardiovascular, respiratory, neuro, neuromuscular, and renal physiology and pharmacology.
Structure, function, pathophysiology, and diseases of the human airway. Basic and advanced principles of elective and emergent airway management, including equipment and techniques.
Compressed gases, gas distribution systems, anesthesia machines, breathing circuits, anesthesia ventilators, waste-gas scavenging, respiratory care equipment, resuscitation equipment.
Drugs specifically related to the practice of anesthesia, including inhaled anesthetics, narcotics, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, anticholinesterases and anticholinergics, neuromuscular blockers, adrenergic agonists and antagonists.
Physical principles and processes applied to the practice of anesthesia. Dimensional analysis; work, energy, and power; gas laws; fluid mechanics; heat transfer; vaporization; solubility, diffusion, and osmosis; fires and explosions; laser and x-ray radiation; applied electric circuit theory; time constants.
Principles, applications, and interpretation of monitoring used in anesthesia practice: electrocardiography; invasive and non-invasive blood pressure; oximetry; cardiac output; hemodynamic calculations; respiratory gases; ventilation; ICP; electroencephalography; temperature; renal function; neuromuscular blockade; ultrasound; echocardiography; point-of-care instrumentation.
History of anesthesia; types of anesthesia; anesthesia care team model; universal precautions and infection control; OR layout and anesthesia setup; AA practice and professionalism; intravenous catheterization; intravenous fluids; arterial cannulation; ASA-standard monitors; induction, maintenance, and emergence from anesthesia.
Systems-based approach to physiology and pathophysiology in anesthesia practice, including applications and effects of general and regional anesthesia. Emphasizes the integration of preoperative evaluation, planning, and anesthetic management for surgical patients. Includes risk management and critical incidents in anesthesia.
Preoperative patient evaluation, including history taking, physical examination, chart review, and select laboratory, radiologic, and other testing. Basic EKG interpretation.
Foundations of the clinical practice of anesthesia gained through one-on-one supervised instruction in the operating room and other clinical locations.
Student case presentations. Selected topics in hazards and complications. Literature review.
Clinical rotations in anesthesia, including all subspecialty areas; preop clinic; and acute pain service.
Lectures, discussions, and case presentations by faculty, staff, and students. Occurs at all clinical rotation sites.
Provides opportunity for in-depth study of a curricular topic under the direction of a faculty member.
Provides opportunity for in-depth study of a non-curricular topic under the direction of a faculty member.
Provides opportunity for clinical experience in a subspecialty area under the direction of a faculty member.
Provides opportunity for advanced study under the direction of a faculty member.
Provides opportunity for laboratory or clinical research under the direction of a faculty member.
Gross anatomy and histology. Anatomical terms, structures, and relationships emphasizing functional significance in problem-solving situations. Laboratory provides demonstrations on models and prosections.
Systems approach to normal function of the human body, including relevant information on anatomy. Weekly problem solving sessions, regular laboratory exercises, and clinical application to systemic disorders.
Basic principles of drug action; absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs; mechanisms of drug action; toxicity. Basis for the use of medicines in pharmacologic therapy of specific diseases.
Students spend approximately 2500 hours in clinical rotations during the 24-month program.