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General Practice Residency

Anesthesia Rotation



Upon completion of this rotation, residents will:

  • ​Participate in the management of acute medical emergencies such as airway obstruction, blood pressure changes, respiratory depression and arrest
  • Be familiar with nasal and oral intubations and the indications for each
  • Be able to manage airways in patients by utilizing nasal airways
  • Be able to place intravenous catheters for fluid infusion
  • Be able to evaluate a patient's physical status and relate that to the procedures employed in sedation and general anesthesia
  • Understand the basic pharmacology of commonly used sedative and general anesthetic agents


During this two week rotation, general practice residents actively participate in the care of surgery patients via assignment to the Department of Anesthesiology of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. While on anesthesia rotation, clinical instruction is provided by the attending and resident staff of the Anesthesia Department of University Hospital.

Residents will receive experience in:

  • ​Starting and maintaining intravenous lines
  • Oral and nasal intubation
  • Anesthetic induction/administration of anesthetic agents
  • Monitoring vital signs on sedated and general anesthetic patients
  • Maintaining an optimum airway during anesthetic procedures
  • Utilizing various equipment/instrumentation for monitoring the anesthetized patient
  • Procedures and protocols for assisting and monitoring the patient during recovery

In addition to this clinical training, residents are required to attend all seminars, lectures, etc., sponsored by the anesthesia service.​

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