College students interested in a medical career should complete liberal arts requirements but follow a pre-med course of study. Nearly all accredited colleges offer a standard pre-med curricula, which typically include calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology and physics. Academic majors are unrelated to medical school admission, but students must successfully complete a four-year undergraduate college program before entering medical school.

If you think you have an interest in anesthesiology, read more about it. Most colleges and universities have subscriptions to popular anesthesia journals and texts available through their library system. A key book to read is Miller's Anesthesia.

Medical student eduction is an integral element of the mission of the Department of Anesthesiology.  An array of clinical electives, lectures, critical skills workshops and research opportunities enable students to gain knowledge and develop clinical skills that are the foundation of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Whether it is in the intensive care unit, the pain clinic or in the operating room, students experience the application of pharmacology, anatomy and physiology in a real life, fast-moving setting. Student may shadow faculty anesthesiologists for a day or commit to a month-long clinical rotation or research project.

We encourage all students considering anesthesiology as a career path to join the Anesthesiology Interest Group and explore all that this specialty has to offer.

We look forward to meeting you!

Student Resources

Click here to visit the Careers in Medicine website for comprehensive information for Vanderbilt medical students.

Click here to learn more about the American Society of Anesthesiologists and their programs for medical students, as well as to apply to become a student member of the ASA.

The Clinical Base Year provides a strong foundation in medicine, surgery, critical care and perioperative care, facilitating a smooth transition into anesthesiology training at the end of the year. Fifteen categorical positions are available for the Clinical Base Year (CBY) of residency training. Interns rotate through the following services at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the VA Medical Center:

  • 2 months Surgery
  • 2 months Internal Medicine
  • 2 months Perioperative Medicine
  • 2 months Critical Care (Surgical ICU, Medical ICU)
  • 1 month Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month Neuroscience
  • 1 month Pain Medicine
    1 month Anesthesiology

Benefits include

  • Three weeks of vacation
  • Book allowance
  • Department-provided iPad
  • Moving expenses 

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program. Our residency provides comprehensive education, training and clinical experience in all facets of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Anesthesiology residents study and train under the mentorship of a highly-respected academic faculty comprised of subspecialty-trained clinicians, committed and experienced physician-educators, and successful physician-scientists. Extraordinary clinical and academic training enable graduates to secure competitive fellowships and to achieve success as clinicians, academicians and leaders of our profession.

Visit the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Careers in Medicine website to learn more about the anesthesiology specialty.Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Click here to learn more about how to apply and our Residency Program.

The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to offer ACGME-accredited fellowships in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine, Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, and in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain.

We offer a non-ACGME accredited Global Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine fellowship.

 Click here to learn more about our fellowships.

Click here to learn more about the BH Robbins Scholars Physician-Scientist Development Program

Click here to learn more about our CRNAs.

Click here to access Spark 2017.

Department of Anesthesiology Faculty Development Seminars:

Promotion in the Clinician Educator Track

Promotion in the Clinical Practice Track

Useful links:

Vanderbilt Faculty Affairs and Career Development

This office, led by David Raiford, MD, heads up the promotion process. This site has promotional information and also policies, procedures, and other useful information for faculty.

Description of the Clinical Educator track:

Vanderbilt Faculty of Medicine, Office of Health Sciences Education:

Educator Development Core: The mission of the Educator Development Core (EDC) is to provide educator development initiatives across the VUSM continuum serving students, residents/fellows and faculty through UME, GME and faculty development. The EDC offers rounds, workshops, and other events open to all faculty members.

Calendar for the Office of Health Sciences Education Grand Rounds:

To receive the EDC newsletter:

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Program:

This department has a well-developed faculty development program including a site with videos on promotion and how to prepare for your annual faculty review using the SMART plan.

Society for Education in Anesthesia

This organization, founded in 1985, supports MD anesthesiology educators through two annual meetings, an annual workshop on teaching (excellent), and on-line resources.

New in 2015: SEA has small grants to support education research and innovation.

Harvard Macy Institute

This well-established institute offers courses in all specialties for professional development for academic leaders in healthcare. Courses center on education, leadership and leading innovation.

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC has many courses offered in various US locations for leadership in academic medicine.

SGEA Southern Group on Educational Affairs

This regional group of the AAMC holds educational meetings in the southeast. Vanderbilt UME, GME and CME often attend.

IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Here is the IHI list of course offerings -- in person or on line -- for faculty development in QI.


Free, on line courses of excellent quality. Examples of course topics that would benefit faculty members: Leadership, leading change, data management, using digital methods for education, medical ethics. Courses usually run 4-6 weeks:

Masters degrees in Medical Education or Health Professionals Education:


University of Illinois at Chicago

Johns Hopkins

Cincinnati Childrens on-line


Journals that publish medical education articles, research in education with their impact factors: