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Anesthesiology entails the use of medical sedation to ensure the comfort and well-being of patients undergoing medical procedures. An anesthesiologist evaluates patients before the administration of anesthesia, administers anesthesia, and monitors postoperative anesthetic effects.

It is an exacting, and often difficult, but rewarding career. Apart from surgeons, anesthesiologists play some of the most essential roles in an operating room. These professionals have many years of specialized training and education. Students from the top anesthesiology schools often end up working in some of the best healthcare facilities in the U.S.

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in anesthesiology, here are some of the top anesthesiology training institutions include Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Stanford University, and University of San Francisco. Hopefully this will give you a head-start in researching curriculum and education to begin working towards a career as an anesthesiologist.

According to Anesthesiology Schools, the University of San Francisco is ranked the top anesthesiology college. (However in 2014, the National Institutes of Health funded a research that ranked the university third.) The university has an anesthesiology department that offers opportunities for research in perioperative care and obstetric anesthesia. It also boasts a residency program that has run for three years. The residents acquire practical experience in big medical centers like Moffitt-Long Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, Mount Zion Hospital, UCSF Orthopedic Institute and San Francisco Veterans’ Hospital.

The John Hopkins University was ranked fourth and second by the Anesthesiology Schools and the National Institutes of Health respectively. The university provides a 3-year advanced residency training program. It also offers a four year categorical residency. Students enrolled in their residency programs get experience in operating room general procedures, intensive care in surgery, pre-operative evaluation, pediatrics, obstetrics and chronic and acute pain management.

University of Washington was ranked second and fifth by the Anesthesiology Schools and the National Institutes of Health respectively. The university is found in Seattle, Washington. It offers four kinds of residency training programs including a four-year categorical residency and three-year advanced residency training. To be eligible for advanced training you must complete medical internship. The third type of residency program has a combination of four years in anesthesiology training and a year of training in critical care. University of Washington anesthesiology residents are eligible for board certification in critical care and anesthesiology. The fourth program is the Bonica Scholars Program. This is a six-year program that offers eligible students a $30,000 annual scholarship.

Stanford University in Palo Alto, California is ranked fourth by National Institutes of Health and sixteenth by the Anesthesiology Schools. Its residency program runs for three years. During this period, the students are trained at Stanford’s Anesthesia Simulator Center and Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic. They also acquire medical experience at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, and Stanford University-Packard Children’s Hospital. During the first year, residents get two months training in their specialty fields including obstetric anesthesia, critical care medicine, pediatric anesthesia, cardiovascular anesthesia, thoracic surgery anesthesia, advanced airway management, regional anesthesia and neuro-anesthesia. Stanford’s anesthesia department also provides eligible students with one to two year fellowship in pain management, pediatric care, critical care, and obstetrics.