How To Be an Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologist with syringe

An anesthesiologist is a trained doctor who is responsible for administering anesthesia and for monitoring the medical care of patients prior to, during and after surgery.  To become one you need to undergo a long and tedious process.  It is something that you really need to think about seriously.  You have to fully understand the work it entails, the time that you will invest and most of all, the huge responsibility of a patient's life.   A high-profile job such as this is not for everyone.  To pursue this profession, you need to be prepared both emotionally and physically.  You should be one hundred percent committed, determined and patient from start to finish.  Being aware of the risk will help keep you on your toes, as there is no room for errors.  If your goal is to become an Anesthesiologist, continue reading to know more on how to be one.  This will definitely bring you one step closer to your much awaited dream.

  1. As early as high school, include Biology and Science in your course list.  You have to seriously listen to your teachers.  It is required that you achieve exemplary grades.  All aspiring doctors, regardless what field, should go through these classes.  In your application process, this is something that will look very good on your background.  It will show that you know what you are getting in to.
  2. Right after you graduate from high school, enroll to a four-year undergraduate bachelor's degree in college.  Since you are pursuing a career in the medical field, it is highly recommended that your pre-med degree is again, in collaboration with both Science and Biology.  It will make it a bit easier for you when it's time to do your medical entrance exam.  This is not a requirement though.  You can pretty much take any courses that you want.  What you need to remember is regardless of what undergraduate degree you choose, you have to maintain excellent grades from your first year in college to your fourth and final year.  Only students who graduated at the top of their class have a high chance of getting accepted in a medical school. 
  3. Enroll in a review class for medical entrance examination.  This is not a pre-requisite. However, this is very helpful since you will learn what to expect and you'll become more prepared before taking the actual test.
  4. Take the medical entrance examination. Once you have passed, find a certified medical school and acquire a medical degree or an M.D.  It would take you another four years to finish this.
  5. As soon as you completed your medical degree, take up an Anesthesiology Residency Program.  This will take another four years to complete.
  6. As soon as you are done with your Anesthesiology Residency Program, get certified by taking a comprehensive, detailed written and oral examination.  Once you have passed this final stage, you can now graduate from your Residency and earn the title of a certified Anesthesiologist.

Becoming a certified Anesthesiologist would take at least 12 years of studying, training and practicing the profession.  There are no shortcuts and you cannot cheat your way through the end.  But once you have reached your goal, all the hard work, time and effort you have put in will surely be worth it! 


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