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What is anesthesiology?

Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery. The education of today’s anesthesiologists has kept pace with their expanding role in offering the highest quality health care available anywhere in the world. After completing a four-year college program and four years of medical school, they enter a four-year anesthesiology residency training program. Fellowships in an anesthesia subspecialty and in education or research may also be taken for an additional year.

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The 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System singled out anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) as examples of a profession, professional society and foundation that have demonstrated a visible commitment to reducing errors in health care and improving patient safety.

Institute of Medicine Report