Pediatric Anesthesiology

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital of the WVU Hospitals, Inc. - Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Pavithra Ranganthan, MD
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously (Unavailable Blocks 1 & 12)
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 1 student
STATUS: Elective

Objectives

This elective allows senior medical students to have a more in depth experience in the specialty of pediatric anesthesiology. This will help students better develop clinical care skills with neonates, infants, children, and adolescents. Clinical skills include airway management and respiratory support, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, and cardiovascular support and resuscitation. By the end of the elective, students should be able to more confidently perform an intubation, LMA insertion and IV placement on pediatric patients. Students will learn to monitor vital signs through the duration of procedures and be able to discuss the differences between adult and pediatric physiology, as well as equipment and drug selection.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

  1. Our objective is to allow senior medical students, especially those interested in anesthesiology, to have a more in depth experience into the specialty of pediatric anesthesiology. This will help students better develop acute care skills as it pertains to the pediatric population. 
  2. Skills may include airway management and respiratory support, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, and cardiovascular support and resuscitation.
  3. By the end of the elective, students should be able to perform an intubation, LMA insertion and IV placement on pediatric patients.
  4. Students will learn to monitor vital signs through the duration procedures and be able to discuss the difference between adult and pediatric physiology and equipment and drug selection.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily observation. Daily attendance and one night or evening of pediatric anesthesia call.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Dr. Pavithra Ranganathan, Department of Anesthesia, two weeks prior to start date of rotation. ranganathanp@wvumedicine.org