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These courses are for credit, and must be arranged in advance with both the Perelman School of Medicine and the student's own school. Individual attention and flexibility in course design allow a student to tailor a rotation uniquely suited to his/her needs.

The Penn Anesthesia Department welcomes any interested medical student (in any year of medical school) to visit the department and spend some time with our faculty and residents in the operating rooms, the intensive care units, the pain clinic or any other area of special interest. We would be happy to discuss careers in anesthesia with you, and help you explore the extraordinary breadth of opportunities in the field of anesthesiology. Such visits are easily arranged and are particularly encouraged for medical students prior to their senior year.

Courses for medical students are as follows:

  • ANESTHESIA 200: Introduction to Anesthesia
    (Scheduled as part of surgery/ER/anesthesia block.) (HUP and Presby) A one-week required course providing a foundation in the principles of anesthesia for Penn medical students. Faculty: Dr. Kukafka and staff.
  • ANESTHESIA 300: Clinical Clerkship in Anesthesia
    (HUP) Four weeks. A one-month course providing the student with ample opportunity to develop technical skills. The student will explore all aspects of anesthesia. This course is available to medical students from other medical schools as well. Faculty: Dr. Jason Walls
  • INTERDEPARTMENTAL 310: Externship in Surgical Critical Care
    (HUP) Four weeks: fall spring, and summer; full-time; Prerequisites: Medicine 200 and Surgery 200. Faculty: Dr. C. W. Hanson, III
  • INTERDEPARTMENTAL 310: Introduction to Pain Management
    An opportunity explore aspects and management of chronic pain. (HUP and Presbyterian)
  • INTERDEPARTMENTAL 311: Externship in Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU (CT-SICU) 
    A one month rotation where students will actively participate in care of postoperative cardiac and thoracic patients. Curriculum focuses on cardiothoracic critical care and includes hemodynamic, pulmonary, renal, nutrition, infectious diseases and neurological management of critically ill patients. Prerequisites: Module 4. Faculty: Dr. Bonnie Milas
  • ANESTHESIA 800: Research in Anesthesia
    An opportunity to explore research with faculty in the department.

Feel free to contact the department with specific questions about the rotation. For additional information for medical students at Penn, and students at other schools wishing to learn and apply for educational opportunities at Penn, please contact:

  • Office of Curriculum Counseling
    Suite 100, Stemmler Hall
    Perelman School of Medicine
    3450 Hamilton Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-6087
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