i was going to go back into the OR this week, on break from school. but i decided my plate was full enough this month. so, LUCKY YOU!
in case you won't be doing much that is listed above on your observership, (which is all great advice) i would suggest staying close to your attending and be ready for anything.
often when i was observing (i've actually been through paperwork laden "med student" anesthesia observerships even though im pre-med, with a total of 200-300 hours with anesthesia) i would always be within a couple arm lengths of the anesthesiologist. might be behind his chair, at the corner of his cart, on the 60+ side of the BIS. point being, i wasn't ever intrusive, but the last thing i wanted was an attending to say to me, "hey, d712, come over here so you can see this...what are you going to see from ALL the way over there." usually, it's the shy med student who is teetering somewhere between the C-arm and the nurses computer that really doesn't get a chance to see things.
be generous, if there is a shy student around, give up your cushy spot just over the curtain so said student can see a little too. don't compete, ever.
if anesthesia is using a TEE, simply ask, "may i watch too?" I'll betcha within a minute or two attending will see your interest and start pointing things out, "that's the aorta...and this is a view of the left ventricle outflow..." all that stuff.
be early. it always takes me a long time to put those stupid booties on my size 14 shoes, don't trip over yourself balancing on one foot to get into the OR on time because you're in a rush. been there, done that, ONCE.
i ask questions, i think that's what it's all about. i use my general sense of whether or not attending is in the mood, has the time, is swamped and annoyed, and the rest is really easy. if i've done an anesthesia observership and i don't know the color of propofol, i haven't seen enough.
it's my feeling that you want your resume to not only show a 2 week observation in anesthesia, but, if you really love it, your brain should be able to back up what you've seen. if only a little.
see you in the OR,