What Are the Top Anesthesiology Schools?

Find out what to look for when choosing a school with a strong program in anesthesiology. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs in this field, and explore your degree options for studying anesthesiology at each school. Schools offering Anesthesia Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Anesthesiology School?

You might want to pursue a nursing or medical degree in anesthesiology or one that is focused in anesthesiology research. A nationally-ranked medical or nursing school can offer some of the best clinical training options, including up-to-date laboratories and research centers. If you're interested in a nursing career, you might look for a program that can prepare you for registered nurse anesthetist certification. The following schools offer some attractive options in the field of anesthesiology.

What Are Three Top Anesthesiology Schools?

Duke University in Durham, NC

Duke tied for eighth place in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for medical research and third in nurse anesthesia programs in 2016. Duke's School of Anesthesiology celebrates its 45th year in 2016.

As a medical student at Duke, you'll complete an anesthesiology rotation during your second year of med school, learning anesthesiology fundamentals and participating in preoperative through postoperative care. If you plan to specialize in anesthesiology, you'll conduct a related research project during your third year or complete a longer rotation during your fourth year. A dual Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is available in biomedical research areas for physician-scientists. The Duke University School of Nursing offers a program that can lead to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) eligibility. Duke's CRNAs and anesthesiologists collaborate in an anesthesia care team model.

The school's anesthesiology department serves over 32,000 surgical cases annually. Its Global Perioperative Research Organization and Simulation Center offer advanced research and training opportunities in anesthesiology. Available degrees include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • M.D.
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Ph.D. (a biomedical or nursing field)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania ranked fifth in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings for best research medical schools and tied for fifth for its nurse anesthesia program. In 2010, the university's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care was third in the government's National Institutes of Health (NIH) anesthesiology funding, with over $5,000,000 in federal grants (www.nih.gov).

The Perelman School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care offers a diverse spectrum of anesthesia care training opportunities, including a level one trauma center. Its Center for Anesthesia Research includes the Core Laboratory for analytical chemistry. The department has close ties with the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. Combined medical and master's or Ph.D. programs can accommodate an anesthesiology focus.

You can take one or more rotations, clerkships, externships or research projects in anesthesia, with opportunities in surgical care and pain management, in any of several facilities. The university's School of Nursing offers a nurse anesthesia program for advanced practice nurses that can lead to the CRNA. These degree programs through the University of Pennsylvania offer a concentration in anesthesia:

  • M.S. in Nursing
  • Ph.D. in Nursing
  • M.D.
  • M.D/Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Ph.D. in Neurosciences
  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Washington University was sixth in the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings for research medical schools. The school has one of four national anesthetics programs funded by the NIH. Both 4-year and 5-year medical programs are offered, as well as combined medical and M.A. or Ph.D. options.

At Washington University, you can train for a clinical, education or research career in anesthesiology. You'll have the option of a clinical rotation in your third or fourth year of medical school, with opportunities for one-on-one patient care in clinical settings. As an anesthesia care team member, you'd participate in management of surgical patients. RNs can train to become eligible to take the CRNA examination through the MSN program at the affiliated Goldfarb School of Nursing. You might also pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Ph.D. or combine both of these advanced degrees.

The Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry share research and education facilities of the Washington University Pain Center. You'll have the opportunity to attend the anesthesiology clinical problem Grand Rounds lectures. You'll have access to simulation suites in the Clinical Simulation Center. At Washington University, you'll have program opportunities in:

  • M.S. in Nursing
  • M.D.
  • Ph.D.

Ten Other Anesthesiology Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
University of Maryland4-year, PublicBaltimore, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University4-year, PublicRichmond, VA
Case Western Reserve University4-year, PrivateCleveland, OH
University of Iowa4-year, PublicIowa City, IA
Rush University4-year, PrivateChicago, IL
Johns Hopkins University4-year, PrivateBaltimore, MD
University of Oklahoma4-year, PublicNorman, OK
University of Washington4-year, PublicSeattle, WA
Vanderbilt University4-year, PrivateNashville, TN
Emory University4-year, PrivateAtlanta, GA

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