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What steps are necessary to become an anesthesiologist?

I don’t come from a family of money or a family in the medical career. Honestly I don’t want to become an anesthesiologist for the interest but I have learned that anything I focus towards I grow to love that subject and a job like anesthesiology is something not many people will do, but I will go above and beyond to pursue this career if it means to support my loved ones who can’t support themselves, that is my true goal. #anesthesiology #family-dentistry #medical-practice #hospital-and-health-care #healthcare #medicine

Thank you comment icon You must first complete an undergraduate degree in any field you would like. There isn’t a official pre- medical degree program that is required for medical school. This usually takes about 4 years of academic studying. The next step would be to graduate from a 4-year Doctoral program. The third step after graduating from medical school will be to start your anesthesiologist education. Your last step would be to get a certificate of anesthesiologist. There are several steps you should take right after graduating from medical school. The US medical and Licensing Examination (UMLE). Here is a link for more information Devetra

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Lindsey’s Answer

Great question Gabriel. I'm sorry it hasn't been answered yet! I thought I'd share some super helpful Q&A threads about anesthesiology for you to read in the meantime:

What's it like being an anesthesiologist day to day?

Is anesthesiology a growing specialty?

What are some good medical schools for anesthesiology?

What education is required to become an anesthesiologist?

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Estelle’s Answer

4 years of college
4 years of medical school
4 years of residency in anesthesia
So 12 years total!
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Richard’s Answer

Take as many AP or IB courses in high school. You have a lot of years of education in front of you and getting college credit in high school can save you time and money.
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Medical school takes 4 years to complete.
After medical school anesthesiologists complete a 4-year residency for additional training.
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Martha Cecile’s Answer

So, you want to be a doctor, specifically an anesthesiologist, because you think you can make a bunch of money. I am a physician, because this is a field where I daily serve - mostly little old ladies, like the one this week who said, "I wish I were dead", but after a patient, intimate physical exam, more listening, some teaching and a prescription for a topical product to soother her discomfort, we both felt better. As a hospital pharmacist, I worked my way through medical school, became one of the first women in urology (a surgical specialty) and now in my "twilight years", I see office patients only - mostly the elderly, both men and women. They are hard of hearing, in pain, scared of the future, sometimes disappointed with how their lives turned out, worried about their children - engaging these patients all day sometimes sucks the life out of me, but alleviating distress is what physicians do, so I will continue. If I were only interested in money, like you, I couldn't do this job. So, if you want to be an anesthesiologist so you can treat people like pieces of meat and make a bunch of money, DO NOT tell anyone this, who could be remotely connected to your application/interview process for medical school. Because if they are a physician, they will make certain that you are never accepted at any medical school, any place, any time.

Martha Cecile recommends the following next steps:

Take a personality test, and find out your strengths, as well as in which career field you might find satisfaction ("Give a man a job he enjoys, and he'll never work a day in his life!")