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Teaching in the Department of Anaesthesia

Undergraduate MB ChB teaching

An anaesthetist at work in the theatreMost undergraduate teaching is combined into Critical Care Attachments.

Key elements are:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • CPR training and assessment

Fourth Year Medical Students

The anaesthetic component includes an introduction and a half day of CPR and ICU tutorial.

Sixth Year Medical Students

In year 6, students

  • Participate in the preoperative assessment of anaesthetic and pain patients in the Outpatient Departments of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals
  • Participate in the pre-induction, induction, maintenance and recovery of patients undergoing anaesthesia and various interventional pain procedures in the operating rooms of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals
  • Observe patients undergoing anaesthesia or conscious sedation for interventional radiology and imaging in the radiology suites at Christchurch Hospital
  • Participate on the Acute Pain Service ward rounds at Christchurch Hospital and in the activities of the Pain Management Centre
  • Rotate though the Intensive Care Unit as well.

The Department attracts Final Year medical students from around the world on their electives.

Postgraduate Teaching - Medical Graduates

Anaesthetic Registrars

Although there is no formal University involvement in postgraduate teaching, Christchurch has 16 Anaesthetic Registrars at different levels of training and members of the University Department are actively involved in their teaching.

Pain Medicine Registrar

There is one Registrar post that falls under the ‘Pain Management Centre’ at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch. This is an accredited Training Unit of the Australian and New Zealand Faculty of Medicine. Applicants must have an acceptable basic Speciality (Anaesthesia, Surgery, Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Gynaecology, and General Practice).

This is a two year training period. The first year is the structured ‘Core Training’ year. Applicants have to pass a Multiple Choice Questionnaire examination that tests ‘Foundation Knowledge’ in order to enter the program. There are nine web-based ‘Essential Topic Areas’ that need to be worked through successfully. Every three months an ‘In Training Assessment’ will occur. This will be based on workplace assessments and feedback of various kinds. Two long case assessments need to be passed as well. There are two compulsory Clinical Skill workshops. A case-based study needs to be acceptably completed before entering the final written examinations and vivas.

The second year is an “Optional Training Area’ where candidates are given the opportunity to work in aspects of Pain Medicine in other areas under supervision. Each Trainee’s plan needs to be signed off by the Assessor. Every three months an ‘In Training Assessment’ will occur. At the end of two years after acceptable completion of all areas a ‘Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine’ will be awarded.