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Anesthesiology (M10)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2024

M10 Anesth 811Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Clinical Elective)4.0 Units
Description:This clinical elective offers practical experience in the perioperative assessment and management of surgical patients undergoing cardiothoracic procedures. The student, as an integral part of the cardiothoracic anesthesia team that is composed of faculty members, fellows and residents, will learn basic principles of airway management and lung ventilation, essential aspects of pharmacologic treatment of hemodynamic abnormalities and cardiac dysrhythmias, and management of intraoperative coagulation disturbances. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of intraoperative hemodynamic data, echocardiographic finding (TEE), and laboratory results. During this rotation, the student will also gain practical experience in endotracheal intubation as well as the placement of intravenous lines and invasive monitoring lines, including radial artery and pulmonary artery catheters. Students will learn how to use these parameters in clinical decision making during anesthesia. At the conclusion of the rotation, the student will have a better understanding of invasive monitoring and data interpretation, as well as a more systematic approach to the management of intra- and post-operative hemodynamic, pulmonary and coagulation abnormalities. The students are expected to attend the didactic sessions of CTA and the Department of Anesthesiology. A presentation will be assigned.

Student time distribution: Inpatient 100%; Subspecialty Care 100%
Patients seen weekly: 15
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:P Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
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Desc:Location: Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Peters Building, Second Floor)
Elective contact: Lydia Swink, swink@wustl.edu
Rotation length: 4 weeks only
Enrollment limit per block: 2
Prerequisite: M10 801 General Anesthesiology OR M10 910 Anesthesiology Advanced Clinical Rotation (ACR)


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Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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