The Department participates fully in the undergraduate medical program (leading to an MD) of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
Anesthesia is a mandatory two-week core rotation that all third-year medical students complete as part of their surgery block at Western. Six students are on Anesthesia at any one time throughout the city. Typically, two students are assigned to one of the three teaching hospitals in London. We have increased the flexibility so that the clerks spend time at more than one hospital. This allows for better exposure to the wide variety of anesthetics delivered at the different sites.
Clerks spend each day of their rotation assigned to a staff supervisor, providing for exceptional one-on-one teaching. The clerks also spend one day of their rotation in the cataract suite where they are paired with a staff anesthesiologist for the day to develop IV insertion skills. This is a favourite day of the rotation for many of the clerks.
The medical students are all given an updated medical student handbook to read during their rotation and a list of learning topics to read about and discuss with their supervising anesthesiologists during their rotation. We have also added useful learning tools and links to our website and encourage the students to use these as well.
The Anesthesia Bootcamp in the CSTAR Simulation Centre continues to be very well received by the students. Each group of students spends one day of their rotation in the simulator with a simulation fellow. They are introduced to some basic skills and aspects of our specialty, so that when they come to the operating room, they feel more comfortable with the basics of anesthesia. Presentations include preoperative assessments, the anesthesia machine and monitoring, airway management, and drug administration. They then have the opportunity to run through some case-based scenarios. The students are very enthusiastic about this highly-rated opportunity, and state that it has eased their transition into the operating room.
We also have a significant number of Western and visiting elective students from Canada and abroad that rotate through the Anesthesia program. They are all given the opportunity to meet with the program director to discuss the program at Western during their rotation. They are also given more flexibility to see different aspects of anesthesia such as acute and chronic pain, and obstetrical anesthesia just to name a few.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, we had 130 clerks, 19 Western elective students, 36 visiting elective students, and 4 non-credit pre-clerkship summer clinical elective students rotate through our program at Western.
Again this year, we had very thought-provoking essays submitted to the CAS medical student essay contest. We are encouraging the medical students to submit essays again next year to this contest.
Another highlight is the annual orientation to airway management lecture and workshop that our department runs for the incoming year of clerks. This was evaluated very highly and each year it takes a group of dedicated residents to help run this event.
Every student that has rotated through our Department received an exit interview at their respective site. The focus of the interview is to provide an opportunity for the students to share their input on how we can continue to improve rotations for future students. Some of the outcomes have improved communication at the start of the rotation where we provide a detailed orientation email to the students. We have also been able to expand accessibility of learning resources. New this year, we are asking the students if they worked with an outstanding teacher that they would like to nominate for the undergraduate teacher of the year award.
Our department continues to have a strong presence in undergraduate teaching at the first and second year level, and we encourage as many faculty members as possible to get involved in this teaching.
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