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What is the differences between a CRNA and an anesthesiologist?

I’m a junior in high school, interested in anesthesia, I’ve job shadowed CRNAS a couple times. Wondering what is the difference between an anesthesiologist and a CRNA. #hospital-and-health-care #premed #healthcare #medicine #doctor #anesthesia


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Richard’s Answer

Anesthesiologist is a physician who has completed medical school and 4 year residency.

CRNA is a nurse that went to 2-3 year CRNA school after at least a year of nursing and experience in the ICU.

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Rachel’s Answer

Anesthesiology is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements. You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for an anesthesiology residency.

This residency is another four years of paid hands on training. Once you complete residency and pass your boards, you will be a certified anesthesiologist.

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Carly’s Answer

A CRNA is a Registered Nurse with a masters or doctorate degree and special training in critical care. An anesthesiologist is a doctor that did a fellowship in anesthesiology. The Anesthesiologist supervises the CRNA.


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