Medical Student Education

All third year UNM medical students complete a one-week rotation in anesthesia. This rotation is conducted through the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

As a medical student in this phase two rotation, you will learn basic concepts in applied pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, IV placement and airway management. These skills are crucial not only for those becoming anesthesiologists, but for physicians in other specialties such as family practice.

What You Will Learn 

Build on your current medical and pharmacology knowledge. Examples of concepts you will learn include:

  • Analgesics
  • Basic drug dosing guidelines
  • Drug classes such as induction agents, opioids and muscle relaxants
  • Drug effects on organ systems
  • Rapid sequence induction on patients at risk of pulmonary aspiration
  • Sedation and general anesthesia
  • Titration of drugs based on patient pathophysiology

You will also participate in an interactive teaching session using simulated patients to practice general anesthesia scenarios.

Practicum and Experience

Several sessions of your rotation involve using passive mannequins to learn proper placement of IV lines and the essentials of advanced airway management. Master these skills on a mannequin and then spend two days in the operating room using these interventions on patients.

All students are expected to demonstrate insertion of a laryngeal mask airway, use an effective bag-mask ventilation on an anesthetized patient and start two IVs. You will be encouraged to perform endotracheal intubation, if possible.

Time will be spent in the high-fidelity human simulator lab. Gain experience in applied pharmacology as well as additional experience in airway management in the context of patient scenarios.

At the end of rotation, the students will have experience in didactics including practical experience in IV and airway, hands on experience in the operating room and simulation environments.
For more information, contact Pramod Panikkath, MD, Associate Professor, at