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What the difference between a certified nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?
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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Education & training
A crna usually works under the supervision of a physician.
Crnas obtain a bachelors degree in nursing, work 1 year in an ICU setting, then go to crna school for 2 years. An anesthesiologist is a physician (md) who completes a bachelor's degree with medical prerequisites, 4 year medical school, 1 year internship, and a 3 year anesthesiology residency. Some complete fellowships in a subspecialty.

In brief: Education & training
A crna usually works under the supervision of a physician.
Crnas obtain a bachelors degree in nursing, work 1 year in an ICU setting, then go to crna school for 2 years. An anesthesiologist is a physician (md) who completes a bachelor's degree with medical prerequisites, 4 year medical school, 1 year internship, and a 3 year anesthesiology residency. Some complete fellowships in a subspecialty.
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: MD/Nurse
Anesthesiologist is a medical doctor trained in anesthesiology and a crna is a "registered nurse anesthetist".
The md training is much more comprehensive and generally encompasses not only the broad aspects of general medicine and surgery but a more in depth knowledge of anesthetic principles. Crna's, mind you, also undergo rigorous training and testing, and in most situations, you will be taken.

In brief: MD/Nurse
Anesthesiologist is a medical doctor trained in anesthesiology and a crna is a "registered nurse anesthetist".
The md training is much more comprehensive and generally encompasses not only the broad aspects of general medicine and surgery but a more in depth knowledge of anesthetic principles. Crna's, mind you, also undergo rigorous training and testing, and in most situations, you will be taken.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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