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How to become an anesthesiologist, by courtney leddell


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How to become an anesthesiologist, by courtney leddell

  1. 1. How to Become an Anesthesiologist, by Courtney LeddellAnesthesiology is an exciting, challenging, and rewarding profession for those willing to dedicatetheir time and energy to patients. Opportunities for physicians are expected to grow 10 to 20percent in the next decade with specialist careers such as anesthesiologists experiencing the mostgrowth. As with physicians of all types, anesthesiologists are needed in a number of venues,including hospitals, private practices, the military, and other outlets.The path to becoming an anesthesiologist takes many years and a lot of hard work. Starting in highschool, students should take an interest in the sciences, specifically biology and chemistry, as well asanatomy. From there, those interested should seek out an accredited university and enter into apremedical program. Along with earning a Bachelor of Science degree, they will have to pass theMedical College Admissions Test and be accepted to medical school. Hopefuls will spend anadditional four years at medical school, where they can explore the career and develop skills. Aftergraduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree, doctors move on to a residency program where theywill learn anesthesiology over the course of an additional four years.About the author: Courtney Leddell is a board-certified neuroanesthesiologist and Vice President ofConsulting Anesthesiology. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine andfulfilled his residency at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.