To become an anesthesiologist, an individual must attain a bachelor's degree and a medical degree before completing four years of residency training, according to About.com. Individuals must also pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination before earning a state medical license.Continue Reading
While earning a bachelor's degree, anesthesiologists often complete pre-medical courses such as calculus, organic chemistry, English, biology and physics, notes About.com. Before applying to medical school, it can be advantageous to volunteer in a healthcare facility. Medical degrees anesthesiologists commonly hold include a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathy. The first half of medical degree programs often consist of more medical training, while the second half is completed in a hospital or clinic.
To become specialists, anesthesiologists must complete a residency, which can be found through the National Residency Matching Program, according to About.com. In most cases, anesthesiologists complete a year-long internship before spending three years as a resident in anesthesiology. Residents have the option of completing a fifth residency year and focusing on a sub-specialty.
To attain a license, an anesthesiologist generally must have a medical degree from an accredited institution, complete an acceptable residency, pass an exam and meet specific state requirements, Chron explains. The American Board of Anesthesiology offers optional board certification.Learn more about Career Aspirations