A Guide to a Career in Anesthesiology - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesiology is a specialty that traverses many other fields. For a physician anesthesiologist, day-to-day practice doesn’t just mean putting patients to sleep for surgery. A good anesthesiologist needs solid foundations in medicine, surgery, physiology, and pharmacology to deliver a safe and effective anesthetic.

In this resource provided by the ASA Committee on Residents and Medical Students, you will find information relating to the specialty as a whole, training as an anesthesiologist, and introductions to the many subspecialties of anesthesiology.

Table of Contents

Read the complete Guide to a Career in Anesthesiology for Medical Students or access an individual chapter below.

General Information
Chapter 1 - History of Anesthesiology
Chapter 2 - Patient Safety and Outcomes
Chapter 3 - Choosing a Career in Anesthesiology
Chapter 4 - Practicing in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT)
Chapter 5 - A Career in Academic Anesthesiology
Chapter 6 - Anesthesia in the Armed Forces

Applying and Interviewing for Residency
Chapter 7 - What Makes a Competitive Anesthesiology Candidate?
Chapter 8 - Choosing a Residency
Chapter 9 - Categorical Versus Advanced Programs
Chapter 10 - Transitional/Preliminary Year
Chapter 11 - ERAS: The Application Process
Chapter 12 - Interviewing for Anesthesiology Program
Chapter 13 - Osteopathic Student Guide to Applying to Anesthesiology Residency

Career Paths and Subspecialties
Chapter 14 - A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiology Resident
Chapter 15 - Research Careers in Anesthesiology
Chapter 16 - Research as a Medical Student
Chapter 17 - Cardiac Anesthesiology
Chapter 18 - Neuroanesthesia
Chapter 19 - Obstetric Anesthesiology
Chapter 20 - Pain Medicine
Chapter 21 - Pediatric Anesthesiology
Chapter 22 - Geriatrics and Anesthesia: Everything You Wanted to Know About Anesthesia But Were Too Afraid to Ask
Chapter 23 - Regional Anesthesia
Chapter 24 - Critical Care Anesthesiologists

ASA and Affiliated Organizations
Chapter 25 - Political Activism and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee
Chapter 26 - The Key to your Future: The ASA and the American Medical Association (AMA)
Chapter 27 - Pediatric Anesthesiology and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA)
Chapter 28 - The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA): Part of your Lifelong Career
Chapter 29 - The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) and Its Relationship with ASA
Chapter 30 - The Role of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
Chapter 31 - Ambulatory Anesthesia and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA)

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