The Physician Anesthesiologist
Physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical experts who evaluate, monitor and supervise patient care before, during and after surgery.
They have the specific medical education to make critical decisions should an emergency arise or if a routine procedure becomes complicated, making every second count.
The training physician anesthesiologists receive makes them uniquely qualified pain medicine experts who work outside of the operating room to diagnose, evaluate and treat patients who suffer from pain. Physician anesthesiologists use a comprehensive approach that can include medication and pain control procedures, whether the pain is a result of an accident or incident, ongoing pain caused by a medical condition or pain experienced by some cancer patients.
Physician anesthesiologists receive 12,000 hours to 16,000 hours of clinical training and 12 years to 14 years of education that includes:
- A college degree with a strong background in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics
- A medical doctorate (Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) following the completion of four years of medical school
- Residency training for an additional four years to learn the medical specialty of anesthesiology
Throughout their careers, physician anesthesiologists continue to take special courses and seminars on the latest medical advances and anesthetic techniques. Physician anesthesiologists are educated in cardiology, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and surgery to fulfill their role in modern medicine.