Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Clerkship for 3rd year Medical Students

MS3 Perioperative Clerkship

During this clerkship, students will gain an understanding of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medical care, including:

  1.  Patient evaluation and cardiac risk stratification
  2.  Types of anesthetic options for different types of basic surgical procedures
  3.  Pain management methods and protocols in the perioperative patient
  4.  Common perioperative complications and their etiologies
  5.  American Society of Anesthesiology classification system for patients
  6.  Airway management
  7.  Perioperative patient monitoring methods
  8.  Basic perioperative pharmacology
  9.  Inter-professional Education (IPE)
  10.  Shock symptoms and treatment
  11. Types of perioperative care environments

Learning Objectives:

Anesthesiology and SOM Learning Objectives

Policies & Procedures:

All Faculty and Resident physician’s, and others with direct responsibilities for medical student education MUST be familiar with the following policies, procedures, standards and learning objectives.

Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician 

Daily Assignments:

Students will be assigned cases for every day of their rotation. The assignments are emailed to you the night before for you to be able to prepare.  You will meet your patient and team at about 6:30 the following morning.


Each student has to be evaluated by at least two people. One must be a Faculty Member and the other can be a Resident/Fellow.  Three evaluations are recommended.

Each student is also required to write four evaluations including:

  • Two Faculty member’s evaluations
  • One Resident evaluation
  • The Clerkship Course evaluation

Examinations and Grading:

Quiz and Exam will be ONLY be available via the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the Medical Education Building.

 Quiz: On Friday of the first week of the Clerkship. The quiz is a short multiple-choice assessment based on basic introductory anesthetic principles including airway management.  It is highly recommended to attend the REVIEW SESSION.

Exam: On Friday of the second week of the Clerkship. The exam focuses on basic anesthetic principles.  It is highly recommended to attend the REVIEW SESSION. 

How is the student’s final grade calculated?

Components of Grade
Percentage of Grade

Appeals Process:

If a student does not feel that a given evaluation or the final grade accurately reflects their performance on the clerkship, the student should first talk with the course director about these concerns. The student will be asked to write a letter to the course director, after which the specific questions or problem areas will be reviewed. This may include asking attendings or residents to re-evaluate a student, or soliciting additional evaluations from other faculty or housestaff.

Further appeals may be made to the Dean of Student Affairs.


The Listening Post


  • During this rotation, remember that you are representing not only yourselves, but also the University, the School of Medicine, the clinical departments of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine and your chosen profession. Students should behave with utmost professionalism at all times, especially when involved with patient care.
  • Students should respect patient confidentiality and act as their patients’ leading advocate. Discussions involving patients and their medical issues should be conducted in a considerate, responsible manner at all times.
  • Professional behaviors, including attendance, participation, responsibility, professional interactions with colleagues and supervisors, and attitudes will be considered when determining grades on the clinical rotations.


  • Students must dress appropriately at all times. Remember that you are now healthcare providers and soon to be physicians, and will carry the responsibility of this title.
  • Please wear your white coat and ID at all times during patient care. Scrubs and comfortable shoes are appropriate for the operating rooms. Business casual attire is appropriate for group sessions and lectures, and ECT.

Please see individual rotation sites for appropriate attire, and contact Mrs. Morton, Dr. Abatzis, or Dr. McNeil with questions regarding appropriate attire.

Illnesses and Absences:

  • Students who have to be absent during the clerkship should notify Lisa Morton, Dr. Abatzis and Dr. McNeil. Prolonged absences (more than 2 days) will need approval by the Student Affairs Office.  Students who are away from the clerkship for an excessive period of time may need to make up the time missed before receiving their final grade.

Any questions or need clarification, please contact:

Lisa Morton
Clerkship Coordinator