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Planning for a career in academic anesthesiology

Choosing to go into medicine and deciding on a specialty are two of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your career. We’re glad you’ve found yourself here as you explore whether or not anesthesiology is the right fit for you. 

So what’s next? 

We encourage you to start with our brief Q&A to get an overview of the field. Next, follow along with our checklist below to connect with anesthesiologists and resources at your school and throughout the field.

Upcoming Event for M4s: Advice on Residency Interviewing

October 26, 2021, 7-8 p.m. EDT

Join us for a discussion with residents from across the nation who will provide advice for medical students preparing for the upcoming virtual anesthesiology residency interview season.

The panel will also discuss how applicants can evaluate a program’s culture and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Advice on Residency Interviews

Ask an Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologists are peri-operative physicians who keep patients safe and comfortable while they undergo procedures and surgery. They do this through applied physiology and pharmacology, with responsibilities for inducing unconsciousness, ameliorating pain, and providing support to patients.

Anesthesiologists also perform many procedures, including placement of intravenous lines, advanced monitoring (arterial lines, perioperative echocardiography), intubation, and peripheral nerve blocks —to name a few!

Anesthesiology takes all comers! The beauty of the field is that many personality types find excitement in the care of patients in the perioperative period. Additionally, there are many opportunities for advanced fellowship training in many subspecialties, including critical care and pain medicine, allowing you to find a niche within anesthesiology that suits you best!

Anesthesiologists are curious, hardworking, procedurally oriented, and like working closely with patients. You also need a willingness to ask questions, work well in teams, and be able to perform well under pressure.

Get to know the specialty! Find mentors who can talk with you about why they love their job, and see if it’s a good fit for your goals.

Taking the Next Step

Attend an event like a RADAR Virtual Open House

Learn more about a career in anesthesiology and hear from leaders in the field.

Shadow an attending

See what a typical day looks like and get answers to your questions from someone already in the field.

Join an anesthesiology-focused student group at your university

Connect with your peers and get to know what resources are available to you through your medical school's Anesthesia Interest Group.

Complete an anesthesiology rotation

Connect what you're learning in the classroom with hands-on clinical experience.

Connect with the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Learn more about the field with the ASA Medical Student Component's curated list of tools and resources.

Finding Your Place

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld discusses the many career paths you can take within the field of anesthesiology.

Learn more about Dr. Ehrenfeld.

Voices in Anesthesiology

I see where we could go if we weren’t so constrained by these historical notions of what people are supposed to do.
Whether taking care of the underserved, interest in global health, driving technology, making our systems more accessible to everybody — there’s a place for that across the field.
My view on mentorship is that you ought to have multiple mentors, and perhaps, different mentors that reflect the changing needs of your various career stages.