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Duties of the Clerk

Subject to internal scheduling, one or both weeks of the rotation may be spent at LHSC University Hospital, LHSC Victoria Hospital and/or St. Joseph’s Health Care (SJHC). Regardless of assigned site, each student will spend one (1) day at SJHC in the Cataract Suite. This placement will allow for comprehensive IV training that may not be as readily available in the regular O.R. setting.

Students should attend all seminars as noted on the schedule for the Surgery block for Year 3 Clerkship. On the first day of the rotation, the student should report to the Anesthesia Office in the appropriate hospital to collect a textbook (loaned) and daily evaluation reports. The text MUST be returned to the Anesthesia office on the last day of the rotation. Failure to do so may delay rotation evaluation.

Each day, the student will be assigned to a staff anesthetist. The student is expected to report to the O.R. following the daily seminar and should consult the O.R. schedule at the end of the day to view the following day’s assignment.

If practicable, the student should assess those patients on their next day’s operating room schedule.  This is an assessment visit that should be reviewed with the staff anesthetist.  The student should not discuss anesthetic techniques or procedures (e.g., regional vs general, lines, etc) with the patient until the patient has been reviewed by the consultant.

It is worthwhile for each student to define what he or she hopes to get out of the rotation. The goals could be different for each student.  Many want a broad overview of anesthesia. Most want hands on experience with procedures, most commonly intubation. There certainly is scope for practice with other procedures, such as the insertion on IV’s, or even performing spinal anesthesia, or, rarely, placement of arterial lines.

Those students interested in pursuing a career in anesthesiology, or GP anesthesia, should set their goal to (theoretically) be able to give a simple anesthetic for a minor surgical procedure, where no surgical or anesthesia complications ensue. This is a worthwhile goal for everyone, but we understand that not everyone is that interested in anesthesia!

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