Question by alanshay: Question about becoming an Anesthesiologist?
“To become an Anesthesiologist requires many years of education. After four years in college to earn AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE, the perspective anesthesiologist attends four years of medical school to earn an Doctor of Medicine degree. He/she must then complete another four years of training in an accredited Anesthesia Residency Program.”

what specific undergraduate degree is best for anesthesiology?


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Answer by eri
You can major in anything you want as long as you take the premed courses in bio, chem, physics and math. About half of premed students who get into med school didn’t major in a science subject, the others did (bio is most popular).

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5 thoughts on “Question about becoming an Anesthesiologist?”

  1. My bf’s ultimate goal is to be an anesthesiologist. This is the track he’s taking: He is going to nursing school right now for a year and a half to get his RN (Biology or getting your bachelors degree in nursing – might be a good major). After he gets his RN he is going to get his BSM from a bridge program designed for RN’s and it takes about 2 yrs. You can get this type of BSM at any university for the most part.

    Also, you don’t have to attend medical school to become one. The University of Pittsburgh offers a masters program in anesthesiology. Just google it. It’s a great profession to get into.

  2. Okay.. so I had this same question and decided to speak to an advisor since I was already taking CHemisty 111 and 112, I wanted it to count towards my majors. Turns out I’m really not a huge fan of chemistry but am willing to take as little of it as possible to become an anesthesiologist.

    After speaking to an advisor, I was informed that to get accepted to med school u need to have premed requirements full filled which are..
    a year of chemistry with lab (111,112 or ,102,104)
    a year of biology with lab
    a year of Physics
    a year of Organnic chem
    advanced calculus (a year or maybe just one semester)
    and lastly u have to fullfill your GERs.

    so to answer ur questions, I asked her well, what is the recommended major and her answer was ..i quote..

    “hun, you can major in basket-weaving as long as you fullfill pre-med requirements. COlleges dont care if u majored in basket-weaving, they just wana know if your the best basket weaver out there”.

    So to answer your question, take the major that works around your weaknesses mine being chemistry.

    You need a Bachelor of Arts degree in any major you choose. Minor would be nice to have just to look good on ur resume, but its not required as long as you full fill your requriements.

    hope that helps.

  3. Muqadas answer is good. Your undergraduate major matters NOT AT ALL. In fact, if you major in something non-science, you’re more interesting as a prospective medical student (as opposed to a “perspective” one….). You’ll also be a more interesting person to talk to in the OR.

    Besides, you’ll most likely change your mind once you get into medical school. Most of us did. I was going to be a pediatrician until I actually tried it. BTW, I still like kids. I just like them sleeping. 🙂

    Study what interests you. If that’s biology or chemistry, great. If it’s music or art or Russian literature or psychology or accounting… go for that, but just get your science courses in. Nursing is a very poor choice – the undergrad courses are not as rigorous as what is required for medical school, and most RN’s who plan on going on to med school do not.

    Hope that helps.

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