Why should I become an anaesthetist?
As one of the largest hospital specialities that answer is very varied. Here are some of the responses from our trainees and Consultants:
Want to find out more?
If you are a medical student or a foundation trainee who wants to find out more, look out for our careers evenings and/or contact the local college tutor in your hospital placement. A list is available on the welsh school of anaesthesia website. Try to organise some undergraduate or postgraduate taster days to get a true feel for the specialty. These days give you exposure to anaesthesia and allow hands on experience in ‘The day in the life of an Anaesthetist”. The aim of these are to show students the many varied roles of anaesthetists in the hospital, which is difficult unless a student has completed a Student Selected Component (SSC) as part of their medical degree.
The anaesthetic tasters are an effective way of gaining points at core interviews and showing commitment to the specialty.
During the taster days students will rotate between emergency theatre and on-call duties, elective short-stay surgery, intensive care, specialist anaesthesia in paediatrics, obstetrics, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. The feedback from all students has been 100% positive.
For the latest information about recruitment please visit the Anaesthetics national recruitment office at Health Education England (HEE). Trainees applying for Core Anaesthesia training will be shortlisted following completion of the Multi- Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA). Once shortlisted they will undertake a formal interview to be deemed appointable to the core training programme
Royal College of Anaesthetists
35 Red Lion Square
Tel: 020 7092 1500
Website: Royal College of Anaesthetists
The Association of Anaesthetists
21 Portland Place
Tel: 020 7631 1650
Website: The Association of Anaesthetists