Thanks for coming by to see us.  Take some time to look through the information on this page to help you learn about the field of Anesthesiology.    With so much information available, I wanted to give you a concise list of resources to help you in your endeavors.

You are started on the right path by getting involved with the ASA as a medical school student.

Anesthesiology Web Resources

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) – The ASA is the largest anesthesiology organization worldwide and boasts the annual largest anesthesiology convention.  The ASA has some basic information on anesthesia as a career on their website and also has information geared specifically to medical school students.

(I assume you already know this information, but I thought I would put it here for you.)

  • You can join the ASA as a Student Member for an annual fee of $10.  (That’s right … ten bucks.)  and have access to a variety of benefits that the ASA provides to its members including receiving the journal Anesthesiology and the ASA Newsletter.
    • Join today and help to bolster your Cariculum Vitae for your Residency Application.
  • Also, consider joining the local Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) at your medical school.  If your school does not have an interest group, consider starting one with the downloadable research here.
  • You can also join the ASA Medical Student Component.

Some Other Anesthesiology Resources

Is Anesthesiology a Good FitChoosing Anesthesiology as a Specialty:  Let’s see if it is a good fit for you.

Is Anesthesiology a good fit for you.  Sure Anesthesiology is a great specialty (I wouldn’t want to do anything else in medicine), but there are other great specialties out there.  I want you to find a speciality that is a good fit for your personality.

I would first start with some inventory testing, followed by some research, followed up with some time testing it out yourself.  In this article on my site, I dig into how to go about this and the steps, articles, and resources you need to make it happen.  Check out my article: 5 Ways to See if Anesthesiology is a Good Fit for You.

Chances of Matching in AnesthesiologyWhat are my chances of getting into Anesthesiology?

So you find that Anesthesiology is a good fit for you and you want to apply for a residency spot, but are you a competitive applicant?    I am frequently asked: “What are my chances of getting in?”  This can be a tricky question because there are multiple factors that are taken into account when Anesthesiology Residency Programs are try to rank potential future residents.  In my article: What Are Your Chances of Getting Into Anesthesiology?, I explore the 4 main areas to concentrate on when applying to Anesthesiology.

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Hack Your Audition Rotation

I did a guest post on The Student Doctor Network® this past August titled “Five Ways to Make Your Audition Rotation in Anesthesia (or Other Specialty!) a Success

I think it is a good primer on how you can improve your chances of getting an interview with a residency program.  While the advice can be used for just about any specialty, I wrote it for specifically for your anesthesiology audition rotation. I hope you enjoy the article.

Take some time, and look around the anesthesiology forums while you are there and you can also check out, which is now part of The Student Doctor Network®

Books for Choosing Anesthesiology

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Getting into Anesthesiology

This is my resource which gives the inside scoop on applying to applying to Anesthesiology.  I wrote this book based on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that I received as a CiM mentor.   You can buy it as an Kindle book here, or you can download it for free here.  Seriously.  Its free.



Iserson'sIserson’s Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students

This is a classic for medical school students like you.  It gives you information on all the different medical specialties and tips for applying to the different specialties.  This book (an earlier edition obviously) was one of my favorite books in medical school.  If you are still tying to figure out what specialty to choose, or if you are applying for residency, Iserson’s will give you vital information to help you in your quest.  It is available on only as a paperback.

Successful Match 2017The Successful Match 2017: Rules for Success in the Residency Match is a good resource for medical school students wanting to navigate The Match.  (Many reviewers on found this resource helpful.)  The Successful Match is a full service book that talks about preparing your application such as the Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Letters of Recommendation and goes on to talk about Interview Questions and the actual Interview day.  It comes as a paperback.



Book for Your Anesthesiology Audition Rotation

anesthesia made easy final coverTry out Anesthesia Made Easy.  The reason I wrote Anesthesia Made Easy was because the basic anesthesia books (listed below) are just too big and have too much information for the new anesthesia trainee.   Being one part textbook and one part survival guide, it is a high yield book that will get you started on your career in anesthesiology.  Anesthesia Made Easy is available as either a paperback or Kindle version from



Mass Gen Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital is a great resource to have on hand in the operating room.  It did not make my  Top 7 Books for Anesthesia Trainees, but I still love this book.  (I am on my second copy of the book, because I wore out my first copy.)  This is an in-depth resource that I still use today to review topics.  Carry the Mass General Book in your backpack for easy reference.  It is available as a paperback and in a Kindle version.



M&MThe book called Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology is my favorite basic anesthesia book.  It is an easy reading book when you have some down time.  I used M&M during my anesthesia training to learn the basics and to prepare for my In-Training Exam (ITE) and my boards.  As one Amazon reviewer stated “ … the (new) authors clearly and concisely present the material in an easily digestible format.”  This book is available in paperback and on Kindle.



Baby Miller

Called “Baby Miller” or “Miller Light,” Basics of Anesthesia has been a staple for anesthesia trainees for generations.  I read the 4th edition cover to cover my senior year of medical school.   Basics of Anesthesia, has continued to expanded over the years.  It is a good book even if it reads differently than “Clinical Anesthesia”.  It truly is a classic.  Basics of Anesthesia is available as a hardbackpaperback, and on Kindle.

I hope you have found this webpage to be helpful.  We are continually adding content to this site, so please check back soon to see what we have to offer.  Feel free to share this link with your friends from other medical schools.  Please do not hesitate to share it through your social media to let others know about these resources.  Enjoy the rest of the ASA.

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