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Master of Medical Science Program in Anesthesiology Curriculum

Master of Medical Science Program in Anesthesiology

The curriculum in both tracks of the Master of Medical Science Program is dynamic. Please consult the program's website,, for up-to-date information.

Required Courses

ANES 505A,  Simulation Lab I
Summer. Credit 5 hours. Introduction to the operating room; anesthesia machine; basic drug doses and syringe preparation; airway equipment preparation; standard physiologic monitoring; basic concepts of anesthesia induction, maintenance and emergence; basic airway management; basic hemodynamic management; anesthesia record keeping; basics of the preoperative patient data base and anesthetic plan; basic vascular access.

ANES 505B,  Simulation Lab II
Fall. Credit, 1 hour. Basic anesthesia procedures and concepts. Anesthetic simulation cases, including decision making and critical incidences related to hemodynamics, airway management, cardiac problems, as well as equipment problem solving.

ANES 505C,  Simulation Lab III
Spring. Credit, 1 hour.  Spinal and epidural anesthesia; advanced vascular access using ultrasound; vasoactive drugs used in the management of hemodynamically compromised patients. Semester ends with a capstone simulation requiring each student to bring together their knowledge and experience to successfully conduct and complete an anesthetic.

ANES 507, Introduction to Anesthesia Practice. Summer.Credit 6 hours. Introduction to concepts and techniques of general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and monitored anesthesia care. Includes principles of airway management, anesthesia equipment, monitoring, patient evaluation, pharmacology, and physics.

ANES 509, Anesthesia Practice Seminar. Summer. Credit 1 hout. Weekly small group case discussions, including the concepts and techniques presented in ANES 507. Anethesia preop consultation and anesthesia records-paper and electronics-are emphasized.

ANES 512A, B. Principles of Airway Management I, II
Spring, Summer. Credit, 1 hour each. Structure, function, pathophysiology, and diseases of the human airway. Basic and advanced principles of elective and emergent airway management, including equipment and techniques.

ANES 513. Anesthesia Delivery Systems and Equipment
Credit 1, 1 hour. Compressed gases, gas distribution systems, anesthesia machines, breathing circuits, anesthesia ventilators, waste-gas scavenging and pollution monitoring, risk management, critical incidents in anesthesia, resuscitation equipment.

ANES 516A, B. Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice I, II
Credit, 1 hour each. Drugs specifically related to the practice of anesthesia, including inhaled anesthetics, narcotics, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, anticholinesterases and anticholinergics, neuromuscular blockers, adrenergic agonists and antagonists.

ANES 530. Physics for Anesthesia Practice
Fall. Credit 1, 1 hour. 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.

ANES 535A, B. Principles of Instrumentation, Monitoring, and Equipment I, II
Spring, Summer. Credit 1, 1 hour each. Principles, application, and interpretation of monitoring used in anesthesia practice: ECG; invasive and noninvasive blood pressure; oximetry; cardiac output; respiratory gases; ventilation; ICP; EEG; temperature; renal function; coagulation; neuromuscular blockade; ECHO.

ANES 536A. Anesthesiology Practice I
Credit 1, 1 hour. History of anesthesia; types of anesthesia; anesthesia care team; universal precautions and infection control; OR layout and anesthesia setup; sterile fields, gowning and gloving; suturing; professionalism; intravenous catheterization; intravenous fluids; arterial cannulation; ASA-standard monitors; induction, maintenance, and emergence from anesthesia. Includes entry-level examination on medical terminology, symbols, medical word formation, disease terms, abbreviations, and procedures.

ANES 536B, C. Anesthesiology Practice II, III
Credit, 4 hours each. Systems-based approach to physiology and pathophysiology in anesthesia practice, including the effects of the administration of general and regional anesthesia. Emphasizes the integration of perioperative evaluation, planning, and anesthetic management for surgical patients.

ANES 540 A, B. Clinical Methods
Spring, Summer. Credit 1, 1 hour each. Preoperative patient evaluation, including history taking, physical examination, chart review, and select laboratory and radiologic testing.

ANES 561A, B, C. Clinical Anesthesia I, II, III
Credit, 3 hours each. Foundations of the clinical practice of anesthesia gained through one-on-one supervised instruction in the operating room and other clinical locations.

ANES 611A, B, C. Senior Seminar in Anesthesia I, II, III
Credit, 1 hour each. Student case presentations. Selected topics in hazards and complications. Literature review.

ANES 660A, B, C. Clinical Anesthesia I, II, III
Credit, 12 hours each. Clinical rotations in anesthesia, including all subspecialty areas; preop clinic; and acute pain service.

ANES 680A, B, C. Comprehensive Examinations I, II, III
Credit, 2 hours each. Three general comprehensive examinations each semester covering the principles and practice of anesthesia. Three specialty comprehensive examinations (cardiac anesthesia, OB anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia) during the senior year taken within thirty days of the student's completing the specialty rotation. Based on directed self-study and on monthly clinical concepts conferences occurring throughout the senior year. Each semester's grade is comprised of the scores on the three general comprehensive examinations, the scores on all specialty comprehensive examinations taken during the semester, and the scores on quizzes from the clinical concepts conferences during the semester.

ANES 692A, B, C. Anesthesiology Conference I, II, III
Credit, 1 hour each. Lectures, discussions, and case presentations by faculty, staff, and students. Occurs at all clinical rotation sites.

Elective Opportunities

ANES 596R. Individual Tutorial
Credit, variable. Provides opportunity for in-depth study of a curricular topic under the direction of a faculty member.

ANES 597R. Individual Directed Study
Credit, variable. Provides opportunity for in-depth study of a noncurricular topic under the direction of a faculty member.

ANES 695R. Individual Clinical Practicum
Credit, variable. Provides opportunity for clinical experience in a subspecialty area under the direction of a faculty member.

ANES 697R. Individual Directed Study
Credit, variable. Provides opportunity for advanced study under the direction of a faculty member.

ANES 699R. Individual Research
Credit, variable. Provides opportunity for laboratory or clinical research under the direction of a faculty member.