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The student will contribute largely to the care of patients in both the preoperative, operative, and postoperative periods, including necessary history and evaluation of patients. The student will be tasked with preparation of the surgical suite from the standpoint of the anesthesiologist, including appropriate monitor, suction, machines, airway, intubation, and drug checks. The student will understand the role of medications, pre-operative exam, laboratory data, EKG, and other pertinent data in the assessment of surgical patients. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of airway management, specifically the proper techniques to secure an airway, management of physiologic alterations that occur during surgery, perioperative pain management, as well and perioperative preparation of patients for their surgical procedure. Further emphasis will be placed on the anesthesia and surgical quality management process. Didactic sessions and case-based learning will also be provided. Required reading: Select chapters from Stoelting and Miller's Basics of Anesthesia. A course exam will be given at the end of the rotation.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Richard Berkowitz, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Community Hospital (Munster)

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; (Observation of clinical skills and procedures, Oral/case presentations to medical students/faculty (Communication Rubric), Discussion with faculty (patient cases)).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iun.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest electives must go thru the Northwest campus coordinators.� Contact Amy Han, PhD �(amyhan@iu.edu or 219-980-6561) or Brittany Miller (millerby@iun.edu or 219-980-6525).� Number of students allowed per month may change depending on the number of third year students rotating in a particular month

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None