How to Become an Anesthesiologist

by Shenron on March 5, 2010

Anesthesiology is one of the most lucrative careers out there today. Like doctors and surgeons, anesthesiologists are responsible for the life of a patient during surgery. Unfortunately, if anything ever goes wrong during a surgery, the blame falls back on the anesthesiologist. But, with a good legal team to prove that you were not at fault and that things sometimes go wrong during surgery, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the downsides of the job. Apart from a very long training program and years of school, anesthesiology pays back its dividends when you graduate and can be a very rewarding career as well.

Anesthesiologist How to Become an Anesthesiologist

1.You’re probably already aware of the fact that you’ll have to go to medical school once you finish your four year degree at college. For an undergraduate degree, something in the field of biology or chemistry is always a good bet. But, that’s not to say that you can’t get into medical school with some other type of educational background. Talk to an adviser at your school if possible and see what the requirements are for the medical school you’re thinking of applying to.

2.After your four or fie years a regular university, probably less if you went to online colleges, it’s time to head off to medical school. There are many prestigious medical schools in the country. In some cases, large state run universities often have medical school programs in addition to their standard college curriculum. So, if you can find a school that is appealing as both a medical school and standard school, you can increase your chances of acceptance to medical school if you obtained your undergraduate degree from the same university. This is of course not always feasible and if you have your heart set on a medical school, apply. There’s nothing to lose.

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3.Once out of medical school, it’s time to start your residency. This is where all of medical school diverges. As an anesthesiologist, you’ll head off to an anesthesiology residency program. This can take up to an additional three years on top of what you’ve already completed.

4.Lastly is your board certification. Without a board certification, you are not legally allowed to practice medicine in your state or country. Like all other medical exams, this one will be a lengthy oral and written process in which all of your medical knowledge will be tested.

It’s obviously a very lengthy process to become an anesthesiologist. If you have the drive and determination to push through all ten or fifteen years of school and training to achieve your end goal, there’s nothing stopping you. Many medical students feel overwhelmed when they enroll in school, but with the right mixture of downtime and all nighters, you too can make it through medical school.

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