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2020-2021 Elective Title: 93AN711 — ADULT ANESTHESIA (TWO-WEEK ELECTIVE)


Operating Room experience in all types of anesthesia will be provided in this elective. The practical training and experience will be complemented by lectures and departmental conferences. Students will be paired individually with a resident to discuss intraoperative management of specific cases and in addition, learn the skills of venipuncture, peripheral venous catheter insertion, bag-mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation, placement of laryngeal mask airway, and observation of intraarterial line and central venous line placement. 
Students will also participate in the Simulator Lab where acute crises in the OR are presented.  Students are expected to be engaged in the clinical intraoperative management of patients including performing the above procedures and supplementing this elective with the suggested reading materials.  Further information about this elective is available at the departmental chairman's office in Fesler Hall. Assignment to specific teaching hospitals will be arranged by the course director following the senior elective matching program; requests for a specific hospital can be made but are not guaranteed to be honored. Please note: This is a two-week (2-credit) elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Belinda Sanborn (bmsanbor@iu.edu)

Director: Corinna Yu, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate effective and safe airway management (PC5)
  • 2) Demonstrate basic monitoring of the patient in surgery and to illustrate invasive monitoring techniques (PC5)
  • 3) Describe the autonomic nervous system and how anesthesia affects it (MK1)
  • 4) Recognize the medications used in operative and perioperative management of surgical patients (MK4)
  • 5) Explain the use of the medications used in operative and perioperative management of surgical patients (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical participation, essay on anesthesia topic of interest)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; 3rd years may be allowed from November - April

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 45

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH: Please contact Belinda Sanborn (bmsanbor@iu.edu) if interested in enrolling. Please note: This is a two-week (2-credit) elective. Please note: If rotating at the VA credentialing is required. Credentialing is a complex and time-sensitive process. This course is open only to Phase 3 students from August - November. This course will not be available in August until the second two-week rotation (2B) starting on August 10th. Availability to Phase 2 students will be from November - April.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None