Welcome UT Southwestern Anesthesia Rotators!
Thanks for coming by to see us. As you prepare for your anesthesia audition rotation, we have some resources you will find helpful. With so much information available, we wanted to give you a concise list of resources to help you in your endeavors.
Below you will find a list of web resources and books to see if Anesthesiology is right for you, learn more about Anesthesiology, and which books will be helpful for you while you are on your audition rotation.
Choosing Anesthesiology as a Specialty
First start by seeing if Anesthesiology is a good fit for you. This can also help you to determine how a career in Anesthesiology stacks up to other specialties
Free Web Resources for Choosing Anesthesiology
American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has a page which helps you choose your specialty: through
The AAMC also has the The Medical Specialty Preference Inventory. (You will need to sign in to use this Inventory Testing)
- This test can help you to narrow down your choices to a few specialties that might be a good fit for you.
- You might end up finding another specialty that is a better fit, or it might confirm that Anesthesiology is the way to go.
The AAMC – Careers in Medicine (CiM) website is another resource for you to explore different career options.
- It is a good programs that helps medical school students with mentoring and resources to help you find your specialty match.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) also has a webpage devoted to choosing anesthesia as a career.
Books for Choosing 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.
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 Amazon.com only as a paperback.
Once you know you want to go further explore Anesthesiology, here are some resources for you to check out.
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.
- 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 and get involved on a national level.
Student Doctor Network Anesthesiology Forums
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.
Researching Anesthesiology Programs
Although all the ACGME accredited Anesthesiology Residency programs are very similar, each one is a little different when it comes to its culture and the day to day life of an Anesthesiology Resident.
Web Resources for Researching Anesthesiology Programs
The American Medical Association (AMA) has a great resource Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database AccessSystem (FREIDA) Online®.
- FREIDA Online® has information on every ACGME residency in the United States. It gives demographics, number of residents, and contact information on how to contact each one. You have to set up an account to use the system, but it is free.
Scutwork.com Anesthesiology Residency Reviews
- What are medical school students and residences saying about the different anesthesiology programs around the country? Search for the anesthesia residency by region and see what it is like from the inside.
Preparing for Audition Rotations / Interview Season
Web Resources for Audition Rotations / Interview Season
The ASA has a free resource for medical school students called Optimizing your Match. It contains a series of articles written by medical school students for medical school students that is a valuable resource for you as you go through the match.
Books for Your Interview Season
As stated above, 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. When you are applying for residency, Iserson’s will give you vital information to help you in your quest. It is available on Amazon.com only as a paperback.
The Successful Match: 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match is a good resource Many reviewers on amazon.com 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
Try 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 Amazon.com.
While not included in my Top 7 Books for Anesthesia Trainees, Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital is a great resource to have on hand in the operating room. It is an in-depth resource that I still use to this day to review concepts I have not thought about since residency. This is an easy to carry and read book when you want to look up a topic to read about when on your anesthesia rotation. The Mass General Book is a great book to carry with you during your anesthesia rotations because it is easily carried in your backpack or laid on the back of the anesthesia cart. It is available as a paperback and in a Kindle version.
The book called Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology is my favorite basic anesthesia book. It is well written, and easy to pickup and read 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. It makes it easy to look up information you need quickly and can be read for long periods of time. 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.
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. While is it named Basics of Anesthesia, it certainly has expanded over the years. It is laid out a little differently than “Clinical Anesthesia,” but it is a basic anesthesia book that will serve you well. It truly is a classic. Basics of Anesthesia is available as a hardback, paperback, and on Kindle.
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