If you are looking for information on how to become an anesthesiologist, you may have already come across some details. So it is not a surprise for you that a medical school graduate must apply for anesthesiology residency (AR) to be eligible to practice. Here are some details about application process and best residency programs.
So a few words about application itself. You should organize carefully the following documents for your AR (according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists website):
- CV: You have to mention your contact information, education, experience, honors and achievements, membership in related associations. Make your CV no longer than 2 pages and organized in chronological order. And don’t forget to check it for mistakes!
- Personal Statement: It is a bit different from your CV. You should not repeat the information given in CV. Personal statement must show the commission what individual you are. Mention all your strong points, talents, skills and qualities that will show you are a perfect candidate for anesthesiology residency. Here you can find an example of personal statement.
- Dean’s Letter and Letters of Recommendation: You should have about 3-4 recommendation letters prepared for anesthesiology residency commission. Get them in the following way: one from your department, one from an anesthesiologist or someone related to the field, and two are your choice (from other med specialists).
The next quite challenging step to your AR is interview. Try to prepare for it beforehand. And remember that not only you will be asked questions, your initiative to find out more details about particular program will be also appreciated. Learn as much information about program as you can and put down some specific questions you may want to ask during the interview. Some general questions usually asked at interview may be found here.
And how about anesthesiology residency program itself? Have you made your mind on the perfect school? If not, here are some options for you. These programs have been highly ranked in 2010-2011 years (US News and World Report):
Oregon Health and Science University – Portland
University of Pittsburgh
Ohio State University
New York University
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of California – Los Angeles
University of Pennsylvania
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Johns Hopkins University
These are the universities with well-recognized and highly reputable medical schools. Still, you can try to find anesthesiology residency not far from you. For that, look for residency information by state . With due diligence be sure to find a perfect fit.