Anesthesiology Assistant Student Clerkship Program

Welcome to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. We are proud to offer rotations for visiting rotating Anesthesiologist Assistant students in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico with world class skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing available right out our backdoor.

Thank you for considering UNM for an AA student rotation. Please contact if you are interested.


What is UNMHSC?
The University of New Mexico Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center for the entire state of New Mexico. UNM Hospital also includes the Burn Center, Children’s Hospital and NCI Cancer Center. UNMHSC is the primary training site for the affiliated ACGME University of New Mexico School of Medicine residency programs. The Main Perioperative Area has seventeen (17 ) OR suites and a PACU, with twenty-one (21) beds. We also have six (6) pediatric OR suites, and multiple "mobile" anesthesia sites including neuro IR, IR, GI, MRI, Cath Lab, ECTs etc. There are roughly 30 anesthetizing locations throughout the hospital.

What size anesthesiology department do you have?
The Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine within the University of New Mexico Hospital & Clinics has fifty two (52) attending anesthesiologists and thirty-six (36) house staff. Residents and fellows commence training at the end of June every year. We provide anesthesia coverage for the University Hospital, New Mexico Children’s Hospital, OSIS, and Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC).

How many AA’s/CRNA’s do you have on staff ?
We currently have fourty one (41) CAAs, one (1 ) CRNA, and one (1) fulltime PA on staff. This staff covers ORs at the main campus and SRMC hospitals.

What type of anesthesia caseload do you have ?
Case mix includes Trauma, Burns, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Urology, Neurosurgery, and Gynecology /GYN Oncology for the OR. OB and cardiothoracic cases are generally reserved for resident training. Our patient population tends to bring us complex clinical cases that require high acuity anesthetics.

Are specialty rotations allowed ?
UNM offers a General OR rotation. Neurosurgical cases are usually available. In the past, we have found success in placing AA students in our pediatric ORs for one week of their rotation.

Who will I train with while at UNMHSC ?
AA students will be paired with AAs for the first 2-3 weeks, and are free to choose their own rooms after that. Some soloing attending anesthesiologists are amenable to taking AA students as well. We try to accommodate requests for specific types of cases when available.

How do I prepare for the following workday ?
The AA student should look at the next day OR schedule (available by 3pm) and be familiar with the anesthetic implications of their chosen cases.

What will my hours be like? Do I have to take call?
We have students work standard shifts until 3P.M. five days a week. We obviously hope students will take the opportunity to finish cases whenever possible. There is no required call, but 3P - 11P, weekend, and night shifts are available for those with noted interest in open positions within our department, or those looking for more clinical hours.

Is housing provided?
Housing is currently provided for one student each month in a modest studio apartment at Girard Apartments with a bed, kitchen area, and bathroom. Some kitchen utensils and linens are provided. We have recently expanded to accepting two students most months. The second student is responsible for their own housing.

Are there any Grand Rounds, Visiting Professor Lectures or other onsite CME available during my stay at UNMHSC ?
Yes. Grand rounds, held by attending and resident anesthesiologists are held every Friday morning at 0630. Visiting Professor Lectures are usually held every third Thursday afternoon (1630) and Friday morning (0630) of the month. Pediatric Grand Rounds are also available every Wednesday morning at 0630.

Will I have access to patient histories to prepare for the day's cases?
All students that have their rotations arranged more than 45 days in advance will have the opportunity to gain computer access at UNM. This much time is needed because of the large volume of faculty, staff, and students coming through the university. Certain personal information is necessary for this access.