Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 1 decade ago

I am going to college this year and I wanted to know what college is good for a medical degree?

I dream of being an Anesthesiologist. I just want a college that can ensure a good chance in that career. I can go anywhere in the U.S. and I hope cost wouldn't be that high. If you know anywhere good please tell me.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    An anesthesiologist is a specialist in Perioperative Medicine. He or she specializes in care of a patient prior to, during and after surgery. This includes evaluating and preparing a patient to undergo the rigors of surgery. The anesthesiologist plans the anesthetic for the patient and then cares for the patient during the surgical procedure. He/she monitors the patient's blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and level of consciousness and analgesia. The anesthesiologist adjusts the anesthetic plan, medications, fluids, and other parameters to provide a safe, pain free surgical experience for the patient. He/she will take care of your medical needs during the operation so the surgeon can concentrate on the surgery. After the surgery, the anesthesiologist continues to provide the care necessary to ensure a smooth emergence from the anesthetic and pain control after your surgery.

    Anesthesiologists are specialists in control of both acute and chronic pain. They also are involved in the care of critically ill patients.


    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. The physician may then complete another one or two years in a subspecialty of anesthesia such as Obstetrical Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, or Pain Management.

    Board Certification:

    After completing the above training, many anesthesiologists become a "Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology" (D.A.B.A) or "Board Certified". To become "Board Certified" by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the anesthesiologist must complete a minimum of 12 years of study in accredited programs as noted above. He or she must then pass a rigorous written and oral exam. Only after the physician has successfully completed these education requirements and passed these difficult exams is he considered a "Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology".

    Some anesthesiologists complete similar requirements to become certified in their subspecialty as well, such as Pain Management Certification. When an anesthesiologist completes his formal training, but has not completed the certification exam process, he or she is considered "Board Eligible".

  • emp04
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Go to a school with a strong pre-med program. Rugg's Recommendations is a book that can give you the top ranked programs. Some good ones are: Ursinus, SUNY Geneseo, and George Washington.

  • 1 decade ago

    Depending upon your state, a state college is much cheaper than a private university. If you are an out of state student, going to college can cost you way more than attending within your own state.

  • 1 decade ago

    Grenada School of Medicine?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Johns-Hopkins University is probably the best and most prestigious university that has a special knack for pre-med and medicine

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