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This rotation provides an introduction to clinical anesthesia covering perioperative assessment and optimization, monitoring techniques, management of acute medical issues including resuscitation, acute pain management, application of basic sciences to clinical problems, and provides experience with technical skills such as advanced airway management and intravenous catheter insertion. More specific objectives are included in the file below. The anesthesia rotation allows clerks the opportunity to be one-on-one with an attending staff every day when feasible. Please use this opportunity to experience as much as possible by taking appropriate ownership of cases, reading ahead of time, and asking questions (there is no such thing as a silly question). Our staff do not expect clerks to know a significant amount about the specialty, but will expect clerks to take initiative to learn and provide patient care by reviewing cases ahead of time.

Please read the attached file for more information:

Orientation document -Updated June 6, 2022


Block 5

Block 5 - Group 1 - Week 2

Teaching Session for Clerks - 2024 - Block 5 - WEB


Elective rotations of up to two weeks duration can be arranged for students who are interested in a more intensive introduction to anesthesia. These are very valuable if you are considering a residency in anesthesia.

Queen's students interested in an elective rotation should contact the departmental office 613-548-7827 or e-mail Charlotte Hannah, Undergraduate Assistant.

Students outside of Queen's should contact the deparental office 613-548-7827 or e-mail Charlotte Hannah, Undergraduate Assistant.

The Department of Anesthesia is actively involved in the Queen's Student Observership Program.

This program allows students to observe a variety of medical specialties so students can make more informed career choices. Students are encouraged to visit the Operating Room and interact one to one with an anesthetist for a full day or half a day. During this time, they have the opportunity to discuss the role that an anesthetist plays in the provision of clinical care and the kinds of intellectual and psychomotor skills that are necessary to become an anesthetist. An attempt is made to provide an overview of the physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology that anesthetists must know. As well, some of the equipment used and procedures performed by anesthetists are demonstrated.

Interested students should contact the departmental office 613-548-7827 or e-mail Saulina Almeida,  Undergraduate Assistant.

Please note:  We do not schedule observerships in the evenings, on weekends or on statutory holidays.