The Master of Science (M.S.) in Anesthesia program at UMKC School of Medicine is a nationally accredited 29-month (7 consecutive semesters) program that integrates didactic and clinical instruction. With a January start date, the first year (semesters 1 to 3) is referred to as the didactic phase. A significant portion of the credit hours involve foundational medical science coursework, however; students also gain clinical experience in both the skills/simulation lab and the operating room. This combination of classroom and clinical learning is an integral component of the program.
Classroom instruction includes advanced coursework in applied anatomy and physiology, physics, pharmacology, and anesthetic sciences. Simulation labs are incorporated early to emphasize patient instrumentation and monitoring, as well as technical skills required for the profession. Students will receive more than 100 hours of training during their first year in our state-of-the-art skills/simulation laboratory. Clinical work begins in the first semester, with incremental increases each semester.
Semesters 4 to 7 are considered the clinical phase of the program. Students primarily focus on gaining clinical experience within an operating room. One-on-one supervision by an Anesthesiologist or a licensed Anesthesiologist Assistant is provided. During the clinical rotations students apply the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained during the didactic phase and gain competence in providing direct patient care. Upon graduation each student has experienced more than 2,000 patient contact hours and delivered more than 700 anesthetics. The clinical rotation schedule ensures experience with the specialties involved in anesthesia including pediatrics, cardiac, obstetrics, neurosurgery and trauma. Rotations during the clinical phase will include some out of town and/or out of state clinical training sites of an affiliated hospital.