Centre for Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine





Medical Students



Dear UCL Students, welcome to this part of the site. You're always welcome in theatres at any of the sites.  If you'd like to come outside of your conventional times just email us!
We provideTeaching for medical students in anaesthesia, resuscitation, critical care, pain and perioperative medicine, based on the Royal College of Anaesthetist's Educational Framework and the GMC's Outcomes for Graduates.

UCLHRob Stephens  in MBBS SSC (year 6) and MBBS year 4) modules and lead for UCL MBBS Clinical and Professional Practice: CPP

Royal Free Hospital:  Alex Leigh Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

Whittington: Basil Almahdi Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain medicine


The leads above- if you're studying at UCL.

If you're a UCL med student and want to come to theatre- just email the folks above wherever you are- or- just come! 

If you would like to visit from outside UCL as clinical student/observer/elective please contact us


MBBS years 1 & 2

There are no formal Anaesthesia or Critical Care sessions in years 1 and 2. Anaesthetists teach students (in lectures and physiology practicals) and with preclinical colleagues introduce some core ideas in Pain, Physiology and Anatomy relevant to the patients having surgery.

Some year 1 and 2 students choose to come to the operating theatres and clinics to see how what they've learnt impacts on the real life of patients. 

UCL iBSc 3

We have two Intercalated 0.5 BSc Modules.

Our award winning teaching team will run clinical and online modules to show how the physiological changes that students have learnt in years 1 and 2 occur during and after surgery, their impact on patients and populations and how as doctors we can best respond. Students will see patients before, during and after surgery and do an on-call with the emergency teams. 

Before each lecture or clinical experience, students will do an interactive online module at their own pace, with questions to help them understand the subject. Students will be able to chat to a teacher/mentor throughout the term and of course during lectures. 

Students doing the 'Advanced' module need to do the 'Essentials' one first- as the Advanced module builds on the principles and concepts introduced in the first module.

We are applying to start a full iBSc in 2023-2024. 

Do get in touch with Rob Stephens, Anita McCarron,  Claire Frith-Keyes, Sam Warnakulasuriya or Sam De Silva or have a look at our advert here or an example of one of our chapters.


MBBS year 4

Download your workbook v16

We will send the Schedules for UCLH, the Whittington and the Royal Free Hospital.

Download your curriculum summary/practical procedures

Before you come to theatre, you'll get much more out of it if you 

Here's the link to the SBA podcasts

Here's the syllabus summary


MBBS year 6


UCLH: Download your workbook in pdf- Dr Rob Stephens, Dr Sam Warnakulasuriya

Look at the online rota  for coming to theatre

Download your year 6 SSC 

Many SSC students do our MOOC

Here's our online Training in Perioperative Medicine Thanks to Claire Frith and Anthony O"Dwyer. 


Advice, Awards, Fellowships and Electives

Trainees in Perioperative Medicine hold regular meetings  

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has medical student Membership for £10!

The AAGBI has a group and annual conference for trainees and students - with an abstract/poster prize.

We do


The following give grants to students- they're a great way to mark yourself out!

We're delighted to award Dr Jacqueline Wu our 2021 UCL E-learning Perioperative Summer Student Fellowships!   

We are very proud of our Critical Care Proning Fellows at all our hospitals who tireless worked during the COVID-19 epidemic across the UK.

We have an incredible e-learning team writing, editing and planning top teaching material with us including, Drs Rebecca Mitchell,  James Matthews, Poppy Sellwood, Sebastian Casalotti, Luke Flower, Conor Jones, De Jun Lao, Chris Woodmansey and Jo Harris. If you've been involved and are not on this please contact Dr Rob Stephens.

to download

Welcome all students! Please feel free to use these files. Do contact Dr Rob Stephens if you have any suggestions



How to do: Blood Transfusion

How to insert an Arterial Line

How to insert a Central Line

How to insert a Chest Drain

How to look after an Epidural on the Ward

How to insert an Emergency Airway

How to Manage Airway Obstruction



Introduction to Anaesthesia

Introduction to Postoperative Complications

Introduction to Preassessment

How to prescribe Perioperative Analgesia

Introduction to Pain Pathways and Mechanisms

How to prescribe Perioperative Analgesia for Children

How to prescribe Fluid Therapy

NICE ward- based fluid guidelines 2013

Basics of Intensive Care

How to use Inotropes and vasopressors

Introduction to Trauma Care

Introduction to Pain Pathways

How to Recognise Critical Illness

Oxygen delivery and consumption (more advanced)


The Airway

Basics of Renal Failure