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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 Dr. Jonathan Weed


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.

2019-20 Officers:

President: Howie Li

Vice-President:Beth Ren

Treasurer:Ashley Lin

Secretary:Lauren Rein

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

Please contact Dr.Jonathan Weed for information about careers in anesthesiology.

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

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results & Data: 2018 Main Residency Match")


Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

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

UCLA Medical Center-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2015
Loma Linda University-CA LOMA LINDA CA 2015
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2015
Univ of Chicago Med Ctr-IL CHICAGO IL 2015
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Johns Hopkins Hosp-MD BALTIMORE MD 2015
Rutgers-R W Johnson Medical School-NJ NEW BRUNSWICK NJ 2015
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2015
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2015
U Tennessee Grad SOM-Knoxville KNOXVILLE TN 2015
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2016
Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2016
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2016
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2016
Northwestern McGaw/NMH/VA-IL CHICAGO IL 2016
B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2016
B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2016
Baystate Med Ctr-MA SPRINGFIELD MA 2016
NYU School Of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2016
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2016
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2016
Virginia Mason Med Ctr-WA SEATTLE WA 2016
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2017
George Washington Univ-DC WASHINGTON DC 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
University Hosps-Jackson-MS JACKSON MS 2017
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2018
U North Carolina Hospitals CHAPEL HILL NC 2018
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2018
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2018
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2019
University of Virginia CHARLOTTESVILLE VA 2019
U Texas HSC-San Antonio SAN ANTONIO TX 2019
Stony Brook Teach Hosps-NY STONY BROOK NY 2019
Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2019
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2019
Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2019
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.