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What are the Requirements to Become an Anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is a physician who plays an important and an integral part of any surgical team, and some anesthesiologists are trained with specific specialties. For example, pain management, traditional surgery, etc. Because an anesthesiologist plays an important role within procedures requiring anesthesia, it's important that the anesthesiologist work well with the entire surgical team - the surgeons, nurses, and surgical techs.
The anesthesiologist's job entails the administration of pain-killing injections or gas during surgical procedures. Depending upon the type of anesthesia, this may include a variety of pain-killing agents from general anesthesia to a local numbing anesthetic. An anesthesiologist may work within a hospital setting or office based settings, or both.
Typically, when an anesthesiologist works in the pain management field, they generally work from their own office-based pain management practice. Pain management anesthesiologists administer a variety of pain blocking medications that work to help patients manage both acute and chronic pain; pain that may include neck pain, back pain, headaches, chronic migraines, and other types of severe pain.
Requirements to become an Anesthesiologist
Requirements to become an anesthesiologist are many due to the fact that an anesthesiologist is in fact a medical doctor. You must complete the extensive education and training which is required of any physician.
Training to become an anesthesiologist will include an undergraduate degree with four years of college, a medical degree with four years of graduate school (M.D. or D.O.), residency training with four years of postgraduate training, along with optional additional fellowship training. Additional fellowship training can and may include a pain management fellowship, pediatrics, gastroenterology, cardiology, etc.
Upon completion of all of the required educational training, you'll then need to do all of the following:
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