Medical School Education

Our clerkship program experience

Students enrolled in medical school may want to consider a clerkship at the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. The department maintains an active program of teaching and research for both the specialist and non-specialist. Medical students are introduced to the principles of anesthetic management and the effects of anesthetic agents on circulatory and respiratory physiology. 

Anesthesiology Clerkships

An anesthesiology clerkship will introduce medical students to the comprehensive perioperative care of patients provided in the context of anesthesia, including basic training in airway management and care of the unconscious patient.

Pain Medicine Clerkships

The pain medicine curriculum for medical students offers students the opportunity to learn the function of the Pain Consultant through participation as part of a team in the evaluation and management of patients experiencing short-term post-injury (surgery, trauma) pain and/or long-term pain.

Clerkship process

AIG UWSOM is the medical student Anesthesiology Interest Group at the University of Washington School of Medicine. AIG was organized by and is run by UW medical students with help from dedicated anesthesiology faculty members. The site is committed to providing up-to-date information, resources, and events to help medical students explore the field of Anesthesiology. The University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine maintains a link to AIG UWSOM but does not control or sanction the content at the medical student site. Learn more here.

The Anesthesiology Visiting Scholars Program (AVSP) is a funded program designed to provide a month-long educational experience for outstanding fourth year medical students interested in Anesthesiology and who come from a broad range of those who are currently underrepresented in medicine. The AVSP is our only visiting student opportunity in 2022. For more information, including eligibility, application and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Anesthesiology Visiting Scholars Program (AVSP)

For current clerkship policies, please see the UW Clerkship Policies

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities.  

The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy.

Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.

In order to plan accommodations that will avoid possible delays in course/clerkship end dates, UW SOM recommends students complete the Religious Accommodation Request Form in advance of the start date of their course or clerkship. 

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Our department offers opportunities for individuals to complete a short-term shadowing observership, in which they can shadow a board-certified anesthesiologist at one of our afilliated hospitals. These opportunities typically lasts one to two days. Individuals who are interested in shadowing can fill out this form.



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