Schools with the Top Anesthesiology Programs in the U.S.

Anesthesiology is a specialty of medicine related to the pain relief of patients during and after surgery. This article identifies two of the nation's leading anesthesiology programs and discusses school rankings and accolades as well as program requirements and coursework.

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Both of the following two schools are highly ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for their academic excellence and offer some of the best programs in anesthesiology available in the nation. The educational path to becoming an anesthesiologist is long: students must earn undergraduate and doctoral degrees and complete three to four years of hospital-based in a residency program before they can be licensed. These two schools represent some of the best programs in anesthesiology, providing not only the education but support to students through residency, as well. Read on for more.


Top Medical School Programs in Anesthesiology

1. Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a teaching hospital and a public research and educational institution. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report named OHSU the third best medical school for primary care in the nation. In 2005, OHSU was third in a ranking of anesthesiology departments at U.S. medical schools that received the most National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.

The University's four academic schools, comprising the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and the College of Pharmacy, offer mostly graduate level and professional degree programs. Established in 1948, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is one of the oldest anesthesiology departments in the western U.S. The department has 60 staff anesthesiologists and 27 residents, many of whom assist in the third and fourth year rotations of students in the M.D. program.

2. University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is a public research university that was named a 'Best Northeastern College' and was also ranked eighth on a list of 'happiest college students' by the Princeton Review in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report named Pitt the 12th best medical school in the nation for research. The school was also the fourth highest recipient of NIH funding among U.S. schools with anesthesiology departments in 2005.

The School of Medicine's anesthesiology department offers third and fourth year rotations in seven affiliated hospitals, where all types of surgery are performed. The school also offers research programs in molecular genetics of pain, anesthesia and pain mechanisms, neuronal injury, and patient safety.

List of Good Schools with Anesthesiology Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Ohio State University 55,014 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-6446
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of California - Los Angeles 38,550 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4321
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,916 Chapel Hill, NC, 27599 (919) 962-2211
University of California - San Diego 28,418 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093 (858) 534-2230
University of Pittsburgh 28,328 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 624-4141
Harvard University 27,651 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
University of Pennsylvania 24,599 One College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of Virginia 24,355 Charlottesville, VA 22904 (434) 924-0311
Columbia University in the City of New York 24,230 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-1754
Johns Hopkins University 20,383 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 516-8000
Northwestern University 19,853 633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3741
Stanford University 18,498 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
University of Chicago 15,094 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-1234
Duke University 14,350 Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
Washington University in St Louis 13,575 One Brookings Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63130 (314) 935-5000
Vanderbilt University 12,506 2101 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
Yale University 11,593New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-1333
Oregon Health & Science University 2,583 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239 (503) 494-7800
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