Electives Program

Setting up an Anesthesia Elective at the University of Toronto

Thank you for your interest in an experience in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto.

Anesthesiology combines physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology and resuscitative skills and measures including advanced airway management and vascular access. The provision of anesthetic services involves:

  • The preoperative evaluation and optimization of patients with a variety of medical conditions.
  • The facilitation of the surgical or diagnostic procedure with general and/or regional anesthesia and compensation for the surgical insult and potential deleterious effects of our anesthetic agents.
  • The postoperative management of the recovery phase of anesthesia and the surgical insult as well as the acute and often ongoing management of pain.

The electives offered span the perioperative care of adult, obstetric and pediatric patients as well as acute and chronic pain, regional anesthesia and critical care. There are also opportunities to be involved in anesthesia related research endeavours.

The environment for learning will be hands on, in the OR, during the conduct of anesthesia by a supervising consultant. You are encouraged to attend resident or fellows rounds prior to the start of the OR day but the most important part of your learning will be experiential. Each day to will be assigned to an operating, procedure or imaging room. You will be supervised by a consultant anesthesiologist and will likely be exposed to several different staff.

For details on electives, refer to the Electives (ELV410) webpage.

An online catalogue of elective experiences offered by University of Toronto faculty members, as well as electives registered by previous clerkship students, is available within MedSIS.

Registration for electives with University of Toronto faculty is also conducted within MedSIS. The MedSIS catalogue of electives allows you to search for elective opportunities. To find electives in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, use the “search by department” box and select “Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine".

You can view a list of our affiliated hospitals and their site coordinators, which also includes the types of anesthesia practice offered at each location.

For further direction and assistance please contact:

Dr. Evelina Pankiv
U of T Electives Committee, representative for Anesthesia

Department of Anesthesia
The Hospital for Sick Children