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Technical Standards

Applicants to the Master of Medical Science Program in Anesthesiology must be aware that to undertake and successfully complete the Anesthesiology Program, as well as successfully function as an anesthetist after graduation, requires that an individual meet certain fundamental physical, cognitive, and behavioral standards. The requisite technical skills include but are not limited to the following:

  • Effectively communicating verbally with patients and their family members and with other health care professionals.
  • Interacting with patients, including obtaining a history and performing a physical examination.
  • Effectively communicating in writing and by record keeping those data and information essential to the practice of anesthesia and the care of patients in general.
  • Reading and comprehending written parts of the medical record and other patient care documents in order to safely and effectively participate in the practice of anesthesia.
  • Having sufficient knowledge, motor skills, and coordination to perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks including invasive procedures, on patients in a timely manner so as to insure the safety and well-being of the patients. These tasks include but are not limited to peripheral and central venous catheterization, arterial puncture and cannulation, bag-and-mask ventilation, laryngeal mask airway insertion and management, endotracheal intubation.
  • Having sufficient strength, motor skill, and coordination to lift, move, and position patients as required for administration of anesthesia and performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Having sufficient speed and coordination to quickly and safely react to emergent conditions throughout the hospital in order to order to assure patient safety.
  • Recognizing and differentiating colors of signals displayed on monitors; being able to work in both light and dark conditions as exist in patient care areas (eg, operating room, radiology suite, endoscopy suite); being able to recognize details of objects both near and far.
  • Hearing, processing, and interpreting multiple conversations, monitor signals, alarms, and patient sounds simultaneously in fast-paced patient care settings (e.g., operating room, intensive care unit, emergency room).
  • Having no impairment that would preclude continuous performance of all of the above activities or any and all of the other activities that are an integral part of an anesthesiologist assistant's participation in the anesthesia care team.

Matriculants are advised that if at any time during their enrollment in the degree program they realize that they are unable to meet any of the technical standards, they must contact a program director immediately so that appropriate follow-up can be instituted.

Continuation Requirements

Requirements for promotion from semester to semester are published in the program's Student Handbook, a copy of which is provided each year to incoming students at registration. The program's Progress and Promotions Committee reviews every student's progress each semester and makes recommendations to the program directors concerning continuation.