Anesthesiologist Education Requirements

Becoming an Anesthesiologist might be easier than you think!

Students choosing a career in anesthesiology need to start preparing for it from high school. It is recommended that they study courses in pure sciences like Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Moreover any internships and volunteer work at local hospitals and community centers is highly preferred for admission to undergraduate programs.


Once they are enrolled in a college, students must undertake pre medical courses in addition to the core courses. Students need to keep in mind that admission to medical schools requires a competitive grade point average and a good score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), in addition to a usual four year undergraduate degree. The medical school will last for four years.

Although not mandatory, students will then have the option to spend one year in fellowship training. This can be undertaken in a different field depending upon their interests and career objectives. Some popular areas are pain management, pediatrics, cardiac anesthesia and orthopedics.  These programs offer advanced trainings in research and clinical experience in the respective fields. Students aspiring to become anesthesiologists are required to obtain medical licensure by passing United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

After successfully completing medical school, students can enroll themselves in a residency program in anesthesiology. This program will take a total of four years to complete. After this, it is common practice amongst students to pursue state licensure. They can also opt for a certification from American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) which is highly ranked amongst employers.

After completing these educational and licensure requirements, graduates can work as anesthesiologists. Their basic job responsibility will be to make anesthesia linked assessments while administering pain killers in different forms before, during and after surgical operations. They are also in charge of stabilizing the condition of perilously ill patients.


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