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Medical Student Overview

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology’s Medical Student web page. Our department offers resources for medical students rotating in our department, which includes 3rd- and 4th-year medical students and visiting students. For more information, please click on the tabs below, and also take a look at the Department of Surgery's Third Year Course for more information.

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3rd - Year Medical Students

The Clinical Core Curriculum (Phase III) consists of required and elective clinical clerkships and incorporates many disciplines of medicine.

During implementation of a new integrated curriculum in 2004, the third year, six-week surgical clerkship and 1-2 week anesthesiology electives were replaced by a combined 8-week Operative and Perioperative Care Block.

In 2018, this was modified again so all students completed a two-week anesthesiology rotation, a two-week surgical subspecialty rotation and a four-week general surgery rotation.

In 2020, COVID-19 related PPE shortages and restrictions forced us to make the difficult decision to change anesthesiology to an elective rotation. Acceptance to the rotation is based on constantly changing student quotas for each site, which allow us to provide of meaningful and education experience based on the unique COVID-19 environment in which we now work.

The clerkship is a patient-centered model where students follow patients from admission to discharge, on the surgical wards, in pre-op, the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), critical care, etc.

During the anesthesiology rotation, students receive an understanding of anesthesiology principles and procedures.

Sites of student rotations while on anesthesiology include: main OR, chronic pain clinic and procedure suite, acute pain rounding service, acute pain regional block team and the pre-operative clinic.

End of block activities include an OSCE, PBLD and written evaluation. 

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4th - Year Medical Students


ANES 8000 Clinical Anesthesia

Students will work one-on-one with anesthesia faculty and residents to gain further practical experience in all aspects of peri-operative care; improving skills gained in the third year and developing a deeper understanding of the breadth of anesthetic practice. Course is completed at Children's Hospital Colorado and Denver Health.

Students will be expected to perform pre-operative assessment, formulate basic anesthetic plan, and see that plan carried out through the peri-operative period. Students will be under direct supervision by Anesthesiology residents as well as Faculty attendings.

Course Director Information

Mario Villasenor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Site Contact Information Denver Health: Aaron Murray, MD 

Children's Hospital Colorado: Joan Strong, MD


ANES 8001 - Surgery Intensive Care (SICU) Sub-I

Surgical Trauma Intensive Care 8001 is a 4th year rotation as an Acting Intern, Externship or Elective, prior to which an Anesthesia rotation is required.

The STICU typically experiences significant patient volume, high acuity & complexity and is staffed by attendings, advanced practice providers, fellows, surgery & anesthesia residents.

Daily rounding follows a family-oriented, multi disciplinary/specialty manner.

AI's present on rounds, follow residents' call schedules to help prepare for PGY1 year, participate in procedures, consults, daily didactics and direct teaching.

Compliance with UCDSOM graduation requires Communication & Quality Improvement Projects to be completed during the 4 weeks.

The rotation may help for those for whom anesthesia, surgery, emergency medicine, ENT or other acute specialties are being considered.

Written materials, orientation, mid-point and exit feedback are provided. Opportunity for honoring exists.


Course Director Information

Fareed Azam, MD ChB Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care


ANES 8002 - Subspecialties

Course exposes students to subspecialty areas in Anesthesiology. Students will attain additional experience in selected areas of anesthetic practice. Options include Acute and Chronic Pain, OB, Cardiothoracic, Neurosurgery, Transplant and General OR.

Students will be expected to perform pre-operative assessment, formulate basic anesthetic plan, and see that plan carried out through the peri-operative period. Students will be under direct supervision by Anesthesiology residents as well as Faculty attendings.

Course Director Information

Mario Villasenor, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Education Links

CU library website (Anesthesiology e-Books & Books):

Maps: University Hospital, Denver Health, and Children's Hospital.

Externs and Visiting Students

To Apply for An Externship
Medical, osteopathic or international students who are interested in taking fourth year electives at CU, please visit, as well as the Externship Application to complete our supplementary application.

What to Bring
Bring your school ID, white jacket, pager, driver's license, a small padlock, and any hard copies of your school’s evaluation form. You will be issued a photo UCH ID to use for identification while you are here. The hospital will issue you two sets of scrubs at a time. You will be expected to dress professionally several times a week for clinics, grand rounds, etc.

The UCD Student Assistance Office has listings for housing.

The Anschutz Medical Campus Parking Office has maps, rates, and other information about parking. Time is allowed during orientation for you to purchase a parking pass. You will need your car registration information, payment (check, credit card, or cash), and campus ID to obtain parking. The first day of the course, park at the Cheyenne Wells Parking Lot ($5 for 12 hours).


Pathways to Anesthesiology

Training resource from The American Society of Anesthesiologists


Residency Links



Timeline for Application:



3rd - Year Medical Student Co-Clerkship Director
Jason Papazian, MD


3rd - Year Medical Student Co-Clerkship Director 
Scott Vogel, DO

David Douin

4th – Year Medical Student Course Director (Course ANES 8001)
David J Douin, MD


4th – Year Medical Student Course Director (Courses ANES 8000, 8002, 8100 & 8600)
Mario Villasenor, MD

Whitney Balusi

Academic Services Professional
Whitney Belusi 
Phone: 303.724.1765
Academic Office 1, Room 2001
12631 E. 17th Avenue. Mail Stop 8202, 
Aurora, CO 80045


Anesthesiology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Leprino Building

12401 East 17th Avenue

7th Floor

Aurora, CO 80045

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