About this course

Anesthesiology is the field of medicine primarily focused on bringing upon the patient a state of anesthesia, which is characterized by a reversible loss of consciousness, analgesia, amnesia, and muscle relaxation by using pharmacological agents known as anesthetics. Other areas of focus in this field include management of patients in the ICU, management of chronic pain, and palliative care.

Due to the effects of intravenous anesthetics on breathing, the anesthesiologist should also be proficient in securing the patient’s airway and providing adequate ventilatory support. For optimal understanding, the medical student should be familiarized with the physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems (especially the mechanics of ventilation and lung volume), basics of acid-base balance, pathophysiology of pain, basic concepts of pharmacology, and commonly used intravenous, local, and inhaled anesthetics.

Anesthesiology-related functions most commonly play out in the operating room, where anesthesiologists work in conjunction with surgeons to provide optimal care. Apart from operative care, anesthesiology has several applications in clinical, critical, and end-of-life care. For the general practitioner, a good understanding of the basic concepts of anesthesiology proves beneficial for the basic management or prevention of pain during minor procedures.




Brian Warriner, MD

Dr. Brian Warriner was the Head of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an active clinician and teacher in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
He obtained his MD from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1980. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s exam board in anesthesiology, and worked at Mulago Hospital and Makerere University in Uganda as a health system accreditor/surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Clinical Practitioner Award in 2019.
He retired from clinical practice in 2016 and sadly passed away in 2019.

Video lectures

01. Anesthesiology Introduction

  • Introduction and History of Anesthesiology
  • Respiration and Cardiovascular System
  • Hemostasis and Acid Base Balance
  • Gases and Induction Drugs
  • Opiates and Sedatives
  • Anesthetic Systems
  • Difficult Airway

02. Anesthesia

  • General Anesthesia
  • Neuraxial Blocks
  • Other Limb Blocks and Intravenous Regional Anesthesia
  • Analgesics, Case Reports and Obstetrical Pain

03. Emergencies

  • Drug Induced Emergencies
  • Patient and Doctor Induced Emergencies

04. The ICU

  • Special Employees and Conditions in the ICU
  • Special Devices in the ICU and the Brain Death Determination

05. Pathophysiology of Pain

  • Pathophysiology of Pain

06. Anesthesia in special situations

  • Anesthesia for Children
  • Anesthesia for Special Operations
  • The Future of Anesthesia