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How long does it take to become an anesthesiologist? That is my dream career but I want to know what can be the most difficult part of that job.
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not an easy one
You will need to complete medical school (4 years) and then be accepted in residency.
This is another 4 years, at least. Plus you may add years that you will spend doing your undergraduate education (another 4 years) getting all the credits necessary before entering medical school.

In brief: Not an easy one
You will need to complete medical school (4 years) and then be accepted in residency.
This is another 4 years, at least. Plus you may add years that you will spend doing your undergraduate education (another 4 years) getting all the credits necessary before entering medical school.
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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 12+ Years After HS
In most cases, anesthesiologists have at least 12 years of schooling/training after high school (4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of residency training).
Many continue onwards to pursue 1 year fellowships in fields like pediatrics, regional anesthesia, pain, etc.

In brief: 12+ Years After HS
In most cases, anesthesiologists have at least 12 years of schooling/training after high school (4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of residency training).
Many continue onwards to pursue 1 year fellowships in fields like pediatrics, regional anesthesia, pain, etc.
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Julius Mapalad
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 12 years
It is an exceptional career, filled with challenges both in terms of diagnostics and therapeutics.
After high school, you'll need to complete a 4 year bachelor's program, followed by a 4 year medical school degree (md or do), a 1 year internship, then the 3 year anesthesiology residency. There are 1 year post residency fellowships as well, but those are not required to practice anesthesia.

In brief: 12 years
It is an exceptional career, filled with challenges both in terms of diagnostics and therapeutics.
After high school, you'll need to complete a 4 year bachelor's program, followed by a 4 year medical school degree (md or do), a 1 year internship, then the 3 year anesthesiology residency. There are 1 year post residency fellowships as well, but those are not required to practice anesthesia.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 12 to 13 years
University degree (bsc or ba) - 4 years medical school - 4 years internship and residency - 4 years then possibly fellowship after that.
(1 year) most difficult part of job is probably the brief time you get to spend with a patient before their anesthetic. You only have a short time in which to build a rapport with the patient, before they are sedated for the operating room.

In brief: 12 to 13 years
University degree (bsc or ba) - 4 years medical school - 4 years internship and residency - 4 years then possibly fellowship after that.
(1 year) most difficult part of job is probably the brief time you get to spend with a patient before their anesthetic. You only have a short time in which to build a rapport with the patient, before they are sedated for the operating room.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Janet Wilczak
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Years
4 yr undergrad+ 4 yr med school+4 yr residency+ 1-2 yr sub specialty if desired = 12 to 14 years training .
8 of the 12 to 14 years need to be paid for by you and the last 4 to 6 years a minimum wage to help pay for your cost of living. For the average person you can expect years of hard work and great debt so you have to really want it.

In brief: Years
4 yr undergrad+ 4 yr med school+4 yr residency+ 1-2 yr sub specialty if desired = 12 to 14 years training .
8 of the 12 to 14 years need to be paid for by you and the last 4 to 6 years a minimum wage to help pay for your cost of living. For the average person you can expect years of hard work and great debt so you have to really want it.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12 - 13 years
Four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years of residency and then one year of fellowship if you want to specialize.
The most difficult part of the job for me is losing. That is having a patient die during surgery. One thing anesthesiologists are really good at is keeping patients alive.

In brief: 12 - 13 years
Four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years of residency and then one year of fellowship if you want to specialize.
The most difficult part of the job for me is losing. That is having a patient die during surgery. One thing anesthesiologists are really good at is keeping patients alive.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12 years
To become an anesthesiologist in the United States, one must complete high school, attain a bachelor's degree from a university, fulfill pre-medical prerequisite classes, take the mcat exam, attend a four year medical school, complete a four year residency program, and pass the american board of anesthesiology written and oral exams.

In brief: 12 years
To become an anesthesiologist in the United States, one must complete high school, attain a bachelor's degree from a university, fulfill pre-medical prerequisite classes, take the mcat exam, attend a four year medical school, complete a four year residency program, and pass the american board of anesthesiology written and oral exams.
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology
In brief: Many years &worth it
Anesthesiologists are physicians who complete 4 (or more) years of additional training after medical school.
The most "difficult" part of the job is probably different for each person. It requires a detail oriented personality and an eagerness to ensure a patient's comfort and safety, and analyze and treat any medical issue that comes up during surgery. See if you can volunteer in an anesth dept.

In brief: Many years &worth it
Anesthesiologists are physicians who complete 4 (or more) years of additional training after medical school.
The most "difficult" part of the job is probably different for each person. It requires a detail oriented personality and an eagerness to ensure a patient's comfort and safety, and analyze and treat any medical issue that comes up during surgery. See if you can volunteer in an anesth dept.
Dr. Julian Goldman
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Dr. Matthew Kellems
Anesthesiology
In brief: 4 years
An anesthesiology residency is 4 years long with potentially additional training for subspecialization in areas like critical care and cardiac anesthesia.
This is in addition to the 4-6 years spent in medical school.

In brief: 4 years
An anesthesiology residency is 4 years long with potentially additional training for subspecialization in areas like critical care and cardiac anesthesia.
This is in addition to the 4-6 years spent in medical school.
Dr. Matthew Kellems
Dr. Matthew Kellems
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