An introduction to anesthesia

Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine faculty members love to teach, love to learn and enthusiastically welcome medical students from Dalhousie Medical School and medical schools across Canada. We also provide education to student anesthesia assistants, paramedics, nurses and respiratory therapists.


Med 1 and Med 2 electives (for Dalhousie medicine students)

Medical students may choose to spend a half-day each week throughout the academic year with an anesthesiologist in a clinical environment. You will learn the technical skills involved in vascular access and airway management while reviewing pharmacology and pathophysiology relevant to the cases being managed.

Med 3 selective (for Dalhousie medicine students)

Students who complete an ICU rotation in their third year during clerkship will participate in a one-week anesthesia selective rotation. You will gain an understanding of the anesthetic considerations of various medical conditions, become familiar with the principles of acute pain management and acquire the basic skills of airway management.


Allister Barton
Education Manager

Med 4 electives (for students from all Canadian medical schools)

Students will gain maximum exposure to cases in various areas of anesthesia, including general adult, pain services, gynaecology, obstetrics and pediatrics, through our fourth-year two-week, full-time electives. You will also participate in simulation teaching on airway management and IV, and attend grand rounds, journal clubs and lectures by visiting professors.

You can choose to complete electives at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, IWK Health Centre, Saint John Regional Hospital or Annapolis Valley Health. Alternatively, we can help students arrange electives at The Moncton Hospital, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital or Cape Breton Regional Health.

To apply for an elective with Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine, visit Dalhousie Undergraduate Medical Education.