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Career Development - Anesthesiology

What Does Training Look Like?

Anesthesiology requires an internship (most frequently in surgery, internal medicine, or a transitional (rotating) year), followed by three years of training in clinical anesthesiology. Fellowships in a variety of specialties are available, and typically last a year.


There are many subspecialties including: Regional Anesthesiology; Obstetric Anesthesiology; Pain Management/Pain Medicine; Cardiac Anesthesiology; Pediatric Anesthesiology; Transplant Anesthesiology; Critical Care Anesthesiology; and more.

What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Anesthesiologists spend little time in clinic, although residents may be assigned to the pre-op clinic. Anesthesiology is primarily an operating-room based specialty, with physicians generally reporting to the hospital around 6 am and leaving the hospital between 3 to 5pm on a normal workday.

Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to anesthesiology include:

  • Organizational skills
  • Vigilance
  • Attention to detail
  • Punctuality
Shadowing Opportunities

For shadowing opportunities, please contact the Anesthesiology Department at 504-988-5068. 


Research Opportunities

To learn about how to get involved in research conducted in anesthesiology, click here . Please contact the primary researcher for more information.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

The purpose in creating the Tulane Anesthesiology Interest Group is to provide medical students with an outlet to learn about the field of Anesthesiology and to provide a forum of discussion for those students interested in the field of Anesthesiology.

The Tulane Anesthesiology Interest Group goals:

  • Provide an open forum for discussion about the field of Anesthesiology
  • Provide guidance and advice about choosing a career in Anesthesiology
  • Arrange regular meetings and guest speakers
  • Provide a network of students and physicians interested in the field of Anesthesiology

Anyone who would like to participate in the Tulane Anesthesiology Interest Group is welcome, and membership will never be required to participate in any of the interest groups events.


Davin Bryant

Anna Alvarado

Tyler Metz

Michael Chen

Who are the Specialty Academic/Career Advisors for this Specialty?

Please contact the following for information about careers in anesthesiology:

Katherine Cox, MD

Assistant Professor

Anesthesia Residency Program Director


Dawn Tiemann, MD

Assistant Professor

Anesthesia Medical Student Rotation Director


Gary Haynes, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair


Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students interested in anesthesiology may want to take a two-week rotation in their third year or early in their fourth year to decide if they want to pursue a career in this area. If students are interested in pursuing another specialty, but would like knowledge of anesthesiology, they can take this elective later in their fourth year.

Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")





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Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying for residency in anesthesiology.

Important Advice

Step 1 scores are used as a filter for residency applications, so study hard and do well on this exam. It will be difficult to match with Step 1 scores below 220, unless you do very well on Step 2.

Good letters of recommendation and comments from clerkships are also important in the application process. Work hard to obtain good reviews.

Be a team player. Teamwork is vital to a career in this field, so working well with others in your clerkships is key.

Don’t apply to programs you don’t realistically want to go to. If you know you’ll be miserable in a particular region, city or program, put your application efforts toward programs in which you will be happy.

Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched

B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2019
Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2019
Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2020
Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2020
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr-NH LEBANON NH 2020
Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2019
George Washington Univ-DC WASHINGTON DC 2017
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2017
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA Torrance CA 2021
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2020
MedStar Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC Washington DC 2021
Northwestern McGaw/NMH/VA-IL Chicago IL 2021
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2018
Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA New Orleans LA 2021
Penn State Hershey Med Ctr-PA HERSHEY PA 2020
Stanford Univ Progs-CA STANFORD CA 2020
Stony Brook Teach Hosps-NY STONY BROOK NY 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA New Orleans LA 2021
U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham BIRMINGHAM AL 2020
U Miami/Jackson Health System-FL MIAMI FL 2020
U North Carolina Hospitals CHAPEL HILL NC 2018
U North Carolina Hospitals Chapel Hill NC 2021
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2018
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2020
U Texas HSC-San Antonio SAN ANTONIO TX 2019
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2019
U Texas Med Sch-Houston Houston TX 2021
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2018
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2019
U Washington Affil Hosps Seattle WA 2021
UC San Francisco-CA San Francisco CA 2021
Univ of Chicago Med Ctr-IL Chicago IL 2021
University Hosps-Jackson-MS JACKSON MS 2017
University of Virginia CHARLOTTESVILLE VA 2019
Wake Forest Baptist Med Ctr-NC Winston-Salem NC 2021
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

A very strong applicant shouldn’t need to apply to more than 15 programs. AAMC data shows that students with Step scores above 232 reach the point of diminishing returns at 17 applications. Those with Step scores between 214-231 reach this point at 18, and those with scores below 214 may need to submit 29 applications to reach this point.