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Anesthesia and Perioperative Care


Tier 1A. The student will participate in the care of critically ill adults with a variety of medical and surgical conditions. This advanced clinical clerkship integrates the understanding of respiratory, cardiovascular, cerebral and renal pathophysiology with the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques required to care for patients with multisystem failure. This course is usually full all year with UCSF students.
Course Objectives: Participants will learn to: (1) Determine the pathophysiologic and traumatic mechanisms impacting the critically ill, with focus on assessment and diagnosis, resuscitation, and stabilization; (2) Decide when and how to implement invasive hemodynamic monitoring; (3) Execute an effective pain management and sedation plan; (4) Recommend prophylatic care and ventilator weaning strategies; (5) Coordinate a comprehensive care plan involving the ICU, surgical, nursing, pharmacy, respiratory care, nutrition, and physical therapy teams.
Common Problems/Diseases: Patients with ARDS, multisystem organ dysfunction, post transplant (pancreas, liver, heart, and lung), neurology/ neurosurgery, and cardiology/cardiothoracic.
Recommended Text or Reading: A list of recommended articles and the articles themselves will be available during the rotation. Any general ICU text would also be valuable.
Team Composition: ICU attending and fellow, residents from internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesia, and surgery.
Patient Contact Hour Number (hours): 30
Classroom Time (hours): 5
Outside Study (hours): 8
Call Schedule/Weekends: Students are expected to stay late one night per week of their choice. Only one student should stay per night, so students should make their own schedule. Students will attend rounds on one weekend day of the rotation.
Grading: Pass/Fail/Honors
Prerequisites: Medicine 110 and Surgery 110.
Quarters Taught: Su, Fa, Wi, Sp
Location: UCSF Parnassus
Minimum Weeks Offered: 4
Maximum Students per Block: 2
Contact Name: Vasilis Tabakis
Contact Phone: (415) 476-9767
Location to report to: 8am, M919

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