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What’s the education needed to become an Anesthesiologist?

I am a 10th grader and have just gone through the process of planning out what I want to do for my next year in high school. I’ve been talking with my counselor about what path I want to take and have decided on Medical. I want to be an Anesthesiologist in the future but I do not know what exactly I need to do in order to be one.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Well first of all there are so many different majors to choose from. There is not one specific one you need to apply to medical school, some school counselors even advice to steer clear from the "basic" majors such as biology and chemistry, this will allow you to stand out in med school applications. Because you can apply to medical school with any major, you need to make sure you have all the prerequisites complete and for the most part it will be the same across the board.
College biology with laboratory, one year
General college chemistry with laboratory, one year
Organic chemistry with laboratory, one semester (4 semester hours) are required.
Calculus and/or statistics, one year
Biochemistry. Three or 4 semester hours are required. Lab is not required.
General college physics with laboratory, one year
And a Humanities Course such as Psych, Sociology, etc

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Maya’s Answer

Hi John! In general, in order to be an anesthesiologist you will need to do 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 4 years of residency. The best way for you to prepare now since you are still so young is focus on getting into college and starting to think about a major you want to complete. When thinking about majors keep in mind that science majors cover a lot of the requirements for medical school but you can major in anything. So right now just focus on getting good grades and researching colleges that you might want to go to. Hope this helped!

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi John! You need a Bachelor's from a credited university (you can do cc for 2 years and then transfer as well if you want to save money or for other reason so that's okay), you will need to take the MCAT exam (Medical College Admissions Test) prior to applying to medical school- usually around the summer of your junior year, then there is 4 years of medical school (2 years book work and classes + 2 years clinical in which you do rotations and explore different specialities) then there is residency. Residency is where you are a doctor but are still considered to be in training however you will be getting paid; each speciality has a different residency and anesthesiology is 3 years.

Best of luck!