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Courses       15 Clerkships

Ronald Pearl, MD, PhD

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Courses offered by the Department of Anesthesia are listed under the subject code ANES on Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Anesthesia does not offer degrees; however, it does offer classes that are open to undergraduates, medical students, and other graduate students. The department accepts graduate students as advisees for study and research. Undergraduate students may arrange individual research projects under the supervision of department faculty.


Preclinical instruction is offered to MD students as a perioperative, physiologic-based didactic series of lectures, which include hemodynamics, respiratory, renal and neuro physiology, as well as an airway management lecture and workshop, and discussion of ventilatory management for patients with respiratory insufficiency and failure. Instructors are senior faculty from the Department of Anesthesia as well as distinguished visiting faculty.

Clinical instruction offers not only an exposure to the varieties of practice available in anesthesiology but also an opportunity to apply basic knowledge of physiology and pharmacology in a number of clinical situations. Students actively participate in patient management in the operating room and learn skills which are valuable in any clinical specialty. The department also sponsors a number of clerkships in subspecialty areas.


The residency program in Anesthesia includes training at the Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. It is a three-year program. The first year is divided among the three sites. The second year provides training in the subspecialty areas of anesthesia for pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics, pain management, and adult intensive care. The third year may include a period of four to six months of advanced general anesthesia. The remainder of the third year is spent doing advanced work in subspecialty areas of anesthesia.


Postdoctoral Training opportunities are available. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at or the departmental home page.


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