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Anesthesiology – UI Health/JBVA

Updated: 03/10/23

Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.

Students must have completed all their M3 Core Clerkships

The primary goal of the clerkship is to develop the students’ basic knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment needed to understand the management of patients during the perioperative period so that anesthetic/surgical risk is minimized. Attempts will be made to facilitate an understanding of the pre-, intra-, and post-operative care of patients that the student may specialize in. The student will gain sufficient knowledge to be able to predict the difficulty of an airway, the specific risks of different surgeries, and potential intraoperative complications (ie hemodynamic and cardiac). The basic skills of maintaining an airway in numerous situations will be taught and practiced thus learning the ASA algorithm for managing a difficult airway. The student can opt to spend more time in the subspecialty of his/her choosing  including cardiac anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, orthopedic, regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia  and robotic surgery.

In the process of completing this course, the student should be able to manage an airway with mask ventilation, laryngeal mask airway or endotracheal tube. He/she should also be able to understand the risks of anesthesia for individual patients and recognize which patients require further workup prior to surgery. There should also be an understanding of the drug classes that are used in the OR on a regular basis and how they can affect the patient post-operatively. Students will understand the difference of general, regional, and monitored anesthesia care (MAC) anesthesia. The student should gain a knowledge base of the numerous therapies for the treatment of acute pain.

All students receive access to Blackboard for assignments. All students assemble at UIC Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (located at 1220 S. Wood Street) on Tuesdays and Anesthesia department conference room on Thursdays for a 1:00 PM lecture series with faculty. The first meeting is an orientation and introduction to Anesthesia. Students are expected to attend all didactic lectures that the site has to offer (different sites have different times, UIC lectures at 6:30). These conferences include M&M, journal club, and subspecialty conferences such as neuro, peds, cardiac and regional. Each day the students are assigned to a particular OR or division of anesthesiology such as Pain, OB, and Regional. They will work with the assigned resident or CRNA in that room and assist to the degree that the student is able. Preop H&P, placement of monitors, airway maintenance, hemodynamic control and anesthetic technique are all part of the usual day. Adjunctive IV skills can be practiced in the Surgicenter whenever requested.  Halfway through the rotation, experiences will be reviewed and any questions answered. On the final day of the rotation, an exam will be given. Dr. Kim has an open door policy and is easily accessible in her office or by e-mail or phone throughout the entire rotation to answer all questions and address all difficulties or problems.

Outstanding, Advanced, Proficient, and Unsatisfactory are the range of grades. To pass the course, the student must obtain at least 15 evaluations from >2 different members of the Department i.e. faculty, residents and CRNAs. They must also complete a minimum of 50% of the task sheet which is given at the beginning of the rotation and obtain a grade of 40% or above on the written exam which covers the reading, and classroom discussions and participation in the 1:00 PM conferences. Any person who has more than 4 excused absences during this 4 week period will be subject to an incomplete or failure. These absences include interview days. As the groups are large, we may not be able  to provide additional make up time during another rotation  to compensate. If more than 4 days are missed, then the student will be required to make up the day(s) during the rotation. Any more than 5 missed days without make up, the student will receive a failure. We are unable to offer any more compensation at that point and the student will need to arrange to retake the entire course at a later time when the student can free up the 4 weeks to take the course. This policy is non-negotiable except in the extremes of personal hardships such as a significant illness or injury or death in the family.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 601

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Edina Kim, M.D

    Coordinator: Sherri Cunningham
    Telephone: 312-996-4020

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health/JBVA

    Duration:  4 weeks
    Night Call: Optional or for make up
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 0  Max. UIC-2 – 4,  JBVA-1
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10
    Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
    Outpatient: 0
    Inpatient: 30
    Total Hours /Week: 40

  • UIH Reporting Instructions

    Students are also required to have their Medical Center ID before the first day of rotation. Please report at 6:55 AM to the Anesthesiology Department Room 3200W, 3rd floor at the University of Illinois Hospital 1740 W. Taylor Chicago, IL 60612.

  • Advocate Christ Reporting Instructions

  • JBVA Reporting Instructions

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  • Site Director/Contact Info

    Site Director: Donna Rajchert, MD
    Phone: (708) 684‐5745
    Prerequisite: None

    Lucia Ontiveros
    Graduate Medical Education Office
    1126M in Main Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center.

  • Reporting Time

    I.D. Badges will be issued the first day at orientation, specific instructions will be in reporting instructions.

    Reporting Time: 7:00 a.m.
    Reporting Place:
    Christ Hospital and Medical Center
    3rd Floor ‐ Surgical Pavilion
    4440 West 95th Street
    Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453

    First Day:  Anesthesiology lecture begins at 1:00 p.m.
    University of Illinois at Chicago – SAIL Center

JVBA Reporting Instructions Heading link

Please review the JBVAMC Orientation Manual 3 weeks prior to your rotation.
  • Site Director/Contact Person

    Site Director: Christopher Espaldon, MD

    Contact Person:
    Winona V. Turner
    Phone: (312) 569-6126
    Fax: (312) 569-8120


  • Address

    Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
    Winona V. Turner
    Anesthesia Service (124)
    820 South Damen Avenue
    2nd Floor, Bed Tower, Room 2672
    Chicago, IL 60612

  • VA Forms to be completed

    All medical students must complete certain VA forms one month prior to your rotation:

    – The WOC (Without Compensation) Packet. Contact: Edwin Sneed from HR

    – You must also provide a copy of…

    • Your US Passport or driver’s license or state ID;
    • A copy of your birth certificate, Social Security card or voter registration must also be included with the packet.
  • Requirements

    Medical students cannot perform any patient care until they have completed the following:

    Mandatory Training – VHA Mandatory Training. Students should be given instructions on how to self enroll and complete the course. Training is completed annually.

    Fingerprint Clearance/PIV Issuance – All medical students are required to be fingerprinted prior to being issued a VA identification card known as a Non-PIV (personal identity verification) card. Fingerprints are only valid for 120 days so students must ensure they receive their Non-PIV card within that timeframe. Medical students who have a valid VA identification card will need to ensure they have recent fingerprints on file (completed within 120 days). Medical students do not require VA computer access so they are issued Non-PIV “flash” cards which are for identification purposes only; the human resources department sponsors students for their PIV cards.

  • JVBA Reporting Time

    Reporting Time: 6:30 a.m.
    Reporting Place: Room 2677 in the Bed Tower
    Anesthesiology lectures begin at 1:00 p.m.
    University of Illinois Hospital – SAIL Center

    You are instructed to wear your VA ID while on JB campus at all times. If you have any questions regarding your rotation, computer access, scrub cards, etc. please contact your Program Coordinator or the Service-level Coordinator here at Jesse Brown.