Resident Review  |   January 2017
Residents Teaching Medical Students: A Privilege and Learning Opportunity
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Resident Review   |   January 2017
Residents Teaching Medical Students: A Privilege and Learning Opportunity
ASA Monitor 01 2017, Vol.81, 58-59.
ASA Monitor 01 2017, Vol.81, 58-59.
While anesthesiology has historically been an elective rotation at many American medical schools, it is quickly gaining traction as a required rotation. The growing number of medical students participating in anesthesia rotations corresponds to a larger percentage of residents mentoring these students. While being an effective teacher for budding future physicians may sometimes feel like a large responsibility among the other duties of residency, it is a special privilege and benefits our own development as well.
Only 6.6 percent of medical students end up applying to anesthesiology residencies1  but many of the clinical principles behind anesthesiology are applicable to success in any medical specialty. Internal medicine doctors may find it useful to learn how quickly a TEE can recognize acute cardiac insults. OB/GYN doctors can learn how pain is managed in a multimodal fashion, and even radiologists can learn why lines and tubes might get misplaced. All students can learn from our expertise in patient safety while also observing how we build a good rapport with patients in a short period of time. Obviously our students are expected to learn about the different drugs we use and how to place an airway in a patient, but they also learn one of the most valuable and versatile skills of all: how to stay vigilant in monitoring a patient’s overall status.
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