Physician Anesthesiologists

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By Joseph F. Answine, M.D.

An Anesthesiologist:

  • Is a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) who has successfully completed an undergraduate education (most commonly a B.S. or B.A. degree), a medical education, an anesthesiology training program and possibly a sub-specialty fellowship (12 or more years of education after high school including at least four or more years of training after medical school)
  • Provides anesthesia directly, or acts as the director or leader of the “anesthesia care team”
  • Always retains the overall responsibility for the patient

An Anesthesiology Fellow:

  • Has completed an anesthesiology training program and has obtained additional education in one of the sub-specialties of anesthesiology (cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, obstetric, pediatric, pain management or intensive care)
  • Undergoes additional training that may be months to years depending on the sub-specialty selected and training program

An Anesthesiology Resident:

  • Is a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) enrolled in an accredited anesthesiology training program
  • Practices under the supervision of an anesthesiologist

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