The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine offers third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical and research learning activities.  

Three clinical courses are offered to fourth year medical students in 2 or 4-week blocks:

Inpatient Anesthesia
Anesthesiology Critical Care
Chronic Pain/Cancer Pain Management
Anesthesiology - VA Service

Additional courses offered include:

Anesthesiology Research
Anesthesiology Selective

Medical students are expected to participate in the department activities during their rotation, including:

  • Morning Clinical Conferences which include Morning Report, during which a different attending anesthesiologists mediate a discussion, usually involving a case presentation, as well as Keyword Lectures, Mini-Mock Oral Exams, and Core Didactics.
  • Grand Rounds which consist of a presentation of a topic of interest by either a departmental faculty member or by a Visiting Professor.  Additional topics include Core Curriculum and Practice Management subjects which address basic learning needs and practical skills required for further development during training and practice.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Clinical Conferences during which residents and faculty mentors review and present a case or cases in which adverse events occurred, adverse events were avoided, or unusual or uncommon conditions developed.
  • Medical Student Lectures typically involving a formal lecture followed by informal discussion about specific cases and other issues in anesthesiology.
  • Meetings with the Vice-Chair for Education typically involving a casual lecture, and discussion about various topics, including anesthesiology techniques, ethical dilemmas in anesthesiology, anesthesiology residency programs, and post medical school training.


For more information about these courses, call 205-934-9681 or contact Victoria Elison ( or Celia Keenan (

Non-UAB visiting students: complete the Visiting Student Application
UAB students: contact Marla Ferguson at (205) 934-3821

View the UAB Heersink School of Medicine course catalog for more information.