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what do i need to do in highschool to be an Anesthesiologist

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Bhavna’s Answer

1. Take challenging classes in high school, focusing particularly on the sciences such as chemistry and biology.

2. Prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and score well to get accepted into medical school.

3. Apply and get accepted to medical school, with a focus on anesthesiology.

4. Complete medical school and earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

5. Generaly complete a 4-year anesthesiology residency in an accredited hospital.

6. Pass the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) exam.

7. Obtain a medical license.

8. Consider obtaining specialized training or a fellowship in a specific area of anesthesiology.

In order to become an anesthesiologist, you will need to complete at least four years of college and then four years of medical school after that. Before you can even be accepted into medical school, however, you will need to have obtained an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. During high school, you should heavily focus on taking science-based classes such as biology, anatomy, and chemistry, in order to provide yourself with a strong academic foundation. Additionally, it is beneficial to work hard to have high grades and earn AP credits if available at your school. You will also benefit from participating in extracurricular activities related to the medical field and internships or research projects. Finally, the medical school admission process is highly competitive, so you should make sure you’re doing what you can to stand out during your high school years.
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Michel’s Answer

Medical school is the path for this. To get into medical school you will need to get a bachelors in any field you like, but you will need certain prereq classes in order to get in. Some of these include a year of biology, year of biology lab, year of general chemistry, year of organic chemistry, year of physics, year of psychology, half year of sociology, decent experience in math calculus or statistics is helpful, biochemistry is heavily recommended, genetics also recommended. A biology degree is one of the easiest way to achieve all of these classes. A lot of people go for this degree because it makes it so they don’t have to take other classes and extend time in school. During time in college it is recommended to experience things in college that can help you make the decision towards wanting to go into medicine. Some of these things they want are research, leadership, volunteering, clinical exposure, shadowing. These things can all help you make the decision if medicine is what you want to do. Once you finish up these things you will take the MCAT which is the exam to show you have the knowledge required to become a doctor. Most people take two months to study for this exam some people take more time. It is scored from 472-528 and most people getting into medical school right now are scoring around the 511 mark right now. Take this exam and fill out applications for different schools. Then you will fill out secondary applications for schools that really like your application. With luck you will get interview invites from this and interview with interested schools. With a good interview you will wait about 8 months before you start school and you will then do four years of medical school. First two years is a lot of time inside the classroom and the last two are giving you exposure to the workings of the hospital with a lot of learning on the job. Fourth year of medical school you will apply for residency in a job that you like if you go for Anesthesiologist then you will do more interviews. If you get accepted you will do a transitional year where you will be a resident in a more general medicine or surgery atmosphere. After that year you will start training to be an anesthesiologist for the next 3-4 years. Once you get through this time then you will be a board certified Anesthesiologist. Its a long path, but it is very doable with enough dedication and determination.
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Liediana’s Answer

You can start by taking science related subjects, preferrably biology.
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Paul’s Answer

In high school, you need to prepare yourself for a health science related major in college. These majors will be heavy in biology, chemistry and you will need math to be able to calculate dosages of medicines to give to patients.
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Veronica’s Answer

Get best grade you can and take advanced Biology courses ( Ap level). Talk to your counselor.
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Taylor’s Answer

Get good grades, and try to get some exposure to the medical sciences—nothing is specifically required while in high school, but showing you’re a good student and scoring well on your entrance exams will give you a leg up in getting into a good undergrad program/university. Consider shadowing an anesthesiologist for a day or two to get a more detailed feel for the profession.

While in college, a health sciences major isn’t required to gain access to med school, but you will need to take multiple heath sciences courses as a prerequisite for matriculation, which such a degree would likely include—so it should be considered. However, don’t feel you have to commit to a course of study you don’t love, and consider what you would like to do if you didn’t pursue medicine. More and more, med schools and residency programs are looking for well-rounded individuals with a broad array of interests and skills.

While in med school, pay special attention to your pharmacology and biochem type of courses, as these play a lot into your daily patient care, but be aware of the need to know and understand a wide array of medical knowledge and specialties, as you will see patients of all types and conditions.
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