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Sense and Non-sense in Anesthesiology


Admission requirements

See Brightspace for the admission requirements.

International Students should have an adequate background in Medicine. Admission will be considered based on CV and motivation letter.
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The course starts with an introduction of basic courses on anatomy, cardiorespiratory physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience with special focus on those topics that are relevant to anesthesia. In subsequent weeks, students will perform research in groups, related to pain or respiration. Hereafter, the focus will be on anesthesia and perioperative care. The students will learn how to evaluate patients preoperatively and how patients are treated during anesthesia in the operating room and next are transferred to the recovery room or postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Other subjects that this course focuses on specialties of anesthesiology such as the treatment of acute pain, palliative care, and many others.

Course objectives

  1. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology that are relevant to the specialty of Anesthesiology (medical expert).
  2. Acquire advanced knowledge of the basic mechanisms and techniques involved in anesthesia, including general and regional anesthesia (medical expert).
  3. Acquire knowledge of the different subspecialties of anesthesia, including neuro-anesthesia, obstetrics, pediatric anesthesia, and anesthesia in the elderly (medical expert).
  4. Gain insights in the necessary care required for perioperative patients, including preoperative screening, recovery room care and care in the post anesthesia care unit (medical expert).
  5. Acquire knowledge of complex patients such as the morbidly obese patient of the patient with a difficult airway (medical expert).
  6. Acquire knowledge on acute and chronic pain and their treatment and on palliative care (medical expert).
  7. Understand the complexities of the practice of anesthesia by participating in anesthesia care in operating roomd and other anesthesiology stations (medical expert).
  8. Quickly read a recent and relevant scientific article and present the main message (academic).
  9. Perform literature search on a relevant subject and assess the quality of the literature in order to support the conclusions of the selected report (scholar).
  10. Formulate a specific or explorate research aim or question, related to the topics of the course and addressing a current and/or relevant issue in the field of interest (scholar, communicator).
  11. Formulate results or objectives based on the research aim or question (scholar, communicator).
  12. Evaluate on the adequacy of the research methods, including practicality and ethical aspects, used and the validity of the conclusions or expected outcomes based on evidence in the literature and/or from collected research data (e.g. fieldwork) (scholar, communicator)
  13. Formulate by using scientific English language and discourse, convincing argumentation, demonstrating a logical progression of ideas (communicator).
  14. Demonstrate how the (expected) results can be applied to a broader medical-scientific context (scholar, medical expert).
  15. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with fellow students to yield original and synergistic results in assignments and practices (communicator, collaborator).
  16. Demonstrate the ability to give and apply feedback (communicator, professional).
  17. Implement medical-scientific knowledge of the specific course (medical expert).


All course and group schedules are published on MyTimeTable.

The exam dates have been determined by the Education Board and are published in MyTimeTable.
It will be announced in MyTimeTable and/or Brightspace when and how the post-exam feedback will be organized.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, simulator sessions, experiments, OR sessions, workgroups, self-study assignments.

Assessment method

Article pitches:
Students will quickly familiarize themselves with a given scientific article that is recent and of interest to the field of anesthesiology. In subgroups of 2 students, a short pitch must be prepared and presented highlighting the key take-home message(s) for the respective article.
What is rated? The rating is based on presentation skills, ability to quickly formulate the key elements and communication skills.
Rating: Score of 0-3 on 7 criteria converted to a score of 0-10 (rubric); the average rating of both pitches determines 10% of the final score.
Assessed by: teachers.

Research presentation (Week 3 and Week 4):
In week 3 and in week 4, students will present their research projects. In subgroups of 4 students, a poster presentations should be prepared and presented highlighting the research aim, set-up, results and implications of the respective research.
What is rated? The rating is based on presentation skills and content.
Rating: Score of 0-3 on 7 criteria converted to a score of 0-10 (rubric); the average rating of both presentations determines 20% of the final score.
Assessed by: teachers.

Final exam:
The exam consists of open questions regarding the topics taught during the lectures in the minor. A single rematch is possible for the final exam. The rating detemines 20% of the final score.
Rating: Score of 1 to 10
Assessed by: module committee.

Each set of 2 students picks a topic that is relevant to the field of anesthesiology. They perform a literature search and a systematic review. Four students (two duos) have one supervisor. Aim is to select 10-15 articles and write a systematic review and research proposal of 6-8.000 words. A presentation will be given in the 9th week of the minor. The students present the rationale of their topic (why did I choose this topic), show how they obtained the literature, how they assessed the literature, their conclusions and the proposed research project. A report should be made on the result, the temlate should be followed.
Rating: Score of 0-3 on 12 criteria (report) or 12 criteria (presentation), converted to a score of 0-10 (rubric); the rating determines 50% of the final score. The presentation is 25% of the score, the report is 75% of the score.
Assessed by: 2 supervisors.

The students have to participate in the exam. In case of special circumstances, an
alternative date for the final exam may be sought. Presence will be monitored.

Overall score
The overall grade is determined by the R2R report and presentation (50%), the article pitched (10%), research presentations (20%) and the final exam (20%). The final grade will be a single integer ranging from 1-10.

Examination committee Prof. dr. Albert Dahan, dr. Monique van Velzen

The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.

Reading list (recommended)

Klinische anesthesiologie, version 3, 2017 by Noorzij et al.


Information about the registration process can be found on the Brightspace course Half Minors.


Mrs. dr. M. van Velzen (Monique)
071 526 2301/3359

Prof. dr. A. Dahan (Albert)
071 526 2301/3359


For more information about this minor, please watch this video.