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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Students

Medical Students are required to complete a two week clerkship in Anesthesia. A two to four week elective is available for those students interested in the specialty as a career. These programs acquaint the medical student with the specialty of anesthesiology and teach techniques of basic life support and acute care medicine. Clinical expertise in airway management as well as applied respiratory physiology is stressed. Attendings and residents serve as teachers in the perioperative setting.

Students are given an opportunity to apply basic science principles to the practical management of the patient with depression of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems. Students are expected to become familiar with problems unique to anesthesia during the perioperative period.

Direct participation in patient care includes pre- and post-operative evaluation as well as intra operative management. Students attend morning case conferences, grand rounds, medical student seminars and special meetings with the department chairman and visiting professor.

The following sites are utilized for student training: Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center and Staten Island University.