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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Students

Third year medical students are required to complete a two-week clerkship in anesthesiology.

Two to four week sub-specialty electives (pain management, cardiothoracic, obstetric, and pediatric anesthesiology) are available to 4th year students interested in the specialty as a future career.

These programs acquaint medical students with the specialty of anesthesiology and teach them techniques in basic life support and acute care medicine. Clinical skills in airway management as well as applied respiratory and cardiac physiology are emphasized. Attendings and residents serve as teachers in the perioperative setting.

Students are given an opportunity to apply basic science principles in the practical management of patients with co-morbidities under anesthesia with depressed 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 postoperative evaluation as well as intraoperative management. Students attend morning case conferences, grand rounds, medical student seminars and special meetings with the department chairman and visiting professors.

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

Dennis Dimaculangan, MD
Director, Medical Student Education in Anesthesiology