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A lot of medical students, attracted by opportunities of high earnings, choose a career of anesthesiologist these days. However, not all of them understand how much time and efforts it will take, to become a professional and earn really high salary. So before you make any decision, study all details of becoming an anesthesiologist, and only then implement your plans into life.


First of all, as any other doctor, future anesthesiologist has to earn undergraduate degree. No matter what kind of major you choose, it can be business, linguistics, or whatever. Bachelor's degree will make you eligible for applying to the medical school. During or after your undergraduate program you have to complete some prerequisites that are needed for the future medical students. Usually the list of required courses is the following:


ñ     biology

ñ     physics

ñ     inorganic and organic chemistry

ñ     English

ñ     calculus


If your curriculum doesn't include some of these courses, you must take them additionally in order to pass MCAT.


Medical College Admission Test is the next challenge on the way to becoming an anesthesiologist. Some students prepare on their own, others visit specific courses (usually several months in duration). No matter what you will choose, note that admission to medical schools in highly competitive, so you have to score high on exam. MCAT will check your knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics, ability to perceive scientific information, and critical thinking.


Next, four years of hard work in a medical school are waiting for you. Theoretical courses, lab work, clinical practice are combined in the curriculum to provide you with the best possible medical knowledge. Still, not all depends on the faculty stuff and reputation of your professors. Independent work, a lot of reading, everyday self-perfection – these are the main components of your future success.


If you haven't changed your mind about becoming an anesthesiologist, then after graduating from medical school with Doctoral degree (by the way, you will have to pass National Board Exams at the end of your studying), choose anesthesiology residency.


From this time your actual training as an anesthesiologist starts. Residency program usually takes four years. Don't worry students are paid for their job, however, don't expect too much.


As you may already know, anesthesiology has several sub-specialties:


ñ     Critical Care Medicine

ñ     Hospice and Palliative Medicine

ñ     Pain Medicine

ñ     Pediatric Anesthesiology

ñ     Sleep Medicine


If you are interested in practicing within one of the above mentioned fields, this will require two additional years of training. After that, you are free to pass certification exam and start practicing.

Anesthesiologist, as any other conscientious doctors, have to master their skills and go with the times. For that, you will have to visit continuing education courses, take part in conferences and professional seminars, keep an eye of the latest findings and research in the field. This all will make you more valuable employee, raise your reputation, and consequently, salary.


All in all, be ready to devote 12-14 years of studying to become an anesthesiologist (not to mention continuing education, for the whole your life). Ready for this? Then go ahead, anesthesiologist career and salary are worth your efforts.

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