Anesthesiology
 

Overview of the Specialty Anesthesiology is the discipline within the practice of medicine that specializes in the management of patients rendered unconscious or insensible to pain and stress during surgical, obstetric and certain other medical procedures. This involves the perioperative evaluation and treatment of these patients in specialized care in a) pain management b) cardiopulmonary resuscitation c) respiratory care problems, and d) the management of critically ill and/or injured patients in special care units.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of four years of graduate medical education. Three years of the training must be in clinical anesthesia. One year of the training must be the clinical base year, which should provide the resident with 12 months of broad clinical education in medical disciplines of which a maximum of only one month may involve the administration of anesthesia. The clinical base year is usually the first year of graduate medical education. There were 133 anesthesiology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 1,600 categorical/advanced positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Anesthesiology residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results and competitiveness information for anesthesiology residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

Low

Low

Low

Low

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

1600

1564

1653

1476

% U.S. Seniors matched*

98%

98%

98%

98%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

25

58

28

18

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

13

15

21 

16

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty.  *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match StatisticsFor a list of WUSM match statistics for the past several years, please visit Search for WUSM Statistics. You will need to log in with your Medpriv account.

Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following the completion of an anesthesiology residency training program is available in anesthesiology critical care medicine, pain management, and pediatric anesthesiology. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered, and length of training is available at the FREIDA website.

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website: Department of Anesthesiology

Faculty Contacts:  Anesthesiology
Michael S. Avidan, MD 747-4155 avidanm@wustl.edu
Richard Benzinger, MD 362-6978 benzinger@wustl.edu
Thomas Cox, MD 454-5695 coxt@wustl.edu
Alex Evers, MD 454-8701 eversa@wustl.edu
Ellen Lockhart, MD 454-8707 lockhare@wustl.edu

 

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At A Glance
Training
1 transitional/preliminary year
3 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Ped Anesthesia 1 year
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $353,000
Median, Clinical Salary $426,000
Source:AAMC