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Anesthesiology Clerkship


Anesthesiology clerkships are available as part of the ambulatory rotation during Med 3 or as a separate Med 4 elective. Further information is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Anesthesiology Rotation 

What should I expect from the anesthesiology rotation at OSU?

The anesthesiology rotation is a fun and relaxed rotation. We get little exposure to anesthesiology and surgery as first and second year students, so it is a great rotation to gain some experience in this field. A typical day is spent in the operating rooms at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, The James and Ross Heart Hospital, where students are given the opportunity to bag-mask ventilate and intubate patients. Students are also afforded ample opportunities to place IVs, arterial lines and central lines and are expected to go over to University Hospital East for two days to observe peripheral nerve blocks. There are about 10 lectures and a department exam is given at the end of the rotation based on lectures and independent reading.  

I'm thinking about anesthesiology. How should I preference my Med 3 rotations?

The elective opportunity given during third year is very important. It is the only elective you receive before Med 4 and may be the only elective opportunity you have before selecting your specialty. Other opportunities are provided throughout fourth year to gain more exposure to the different aspects of anesthesiology and its subspecialties as well.