The State of Connecticut does not permit anesthesiologist assistant students to participate in clinical education within the state. Students will complete all clinical rotations out of state. Please contact the educational coordinator for additional details regarding clinical locations.
First Year Clinical Rotations
Students are immersed in their full time, out-of-state, clinical rotations at the end of semesters II, III, and IV. Semester II is a 5-week rotation; semester III is a 6-week rotation; and semester IV is a 7-week rotation. Weekly video teleconferences are also scheduled during this time. For the first year of out-of-state clinical rotations, students will be reimbursed for travel and housing expenses.
During the clinical portion of semesters II, III and IV, students will develop knowledge and skills needed to greet and interview patients, perform an anesthesia-based physical exam evaluate the patient's airway and establish appropriate monitoring. Students will learn how to perform induction, manage maintenance, and emergence from anesthesia. Students will develop skills required to establish vascular access; and to position the patient for many different types of surgery.
The knowledge and skills defined in the task progression should be mastered for each clinical rotation before the student advances to the next clinical rotation according the availability of resources. Each successive semester provides increasing responsibility and increased complexity for the student. All students will be supervised 100 percent of time by clinical preceptors, who will offer guidance and mentoring to students on clinical skills.
Second Year Clinical Rotations
During the last year in the program (semesters V, VI, VII), students will be rotating to a new clinical site every 4-8 weeks. Students are in the operating room on a full time basis and participate in weekly video teleconference presentations with the AA faculty.
Clinical rotations include open and laparoscopic surgery for general surgery; orthopedic surgery; ophthalmology; genitourinary surgery; gynecology; Ear, nose and throat; vascular surgery; thoracic surgery, trauma surgery and transplantation as well as anesthetizing sites outside of the operating room in radiology, gastrointestinal lab, and electrophysiology lab. Students are also expected to spend 4-8 weeks rotations in recognized subspecialty areas of anesthesia: pediatrics; obstetrics; neurosurgery; cardiac surgery, or the equivalent collective experiences gathered from multiple institutions. Clinical rotations are scheduled in both academic and private practice hospitals in many states across the country. Clinical affiliation agreements are maintained with each clinical site, and students are not permitted to participate in anesthetic management at any site to without a current clinical affiliation agreement.