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Student Goals and Training

The Anesthesiology training program at the University of Missouri-Columbia Health Sciences Center has a long history of educating medical students and residents in Mid-Missouri. Our prior students and residents have successful careers as academic and private practice anesthesiologists throughout the country. 

Student Opportunities

Our Anesthesia Interest Group has a number of planned activities throughout the upcoming year including: Shadowing opportunities for M1 and M2 students, an intubation lab, difficult airway lab, research opportunities, critical event simulation, applying for residency, and a central line lab. Please join the interest group to learn more about the specialty of anesthesiology. 

Medical students may rotate with the Department of Anesthesiology for one week during their surgical clerkship as a 3rd year medical student as an introductory rotation. Starting in 2016, we offer an additional 2 week elective Anesthesiology rotation during the 3rd year of medical school.

4th year medical students may enroll in a four week elective in Anesthesiology which provides a more in-depth experience. The 4th year rotation may be available to visiting students based on availability, please apply through VSAS. Research rotations are also available through our department. Please contact Beth Shepard for any questions: (573) 884-3466.  

Transition to Residency

The residency training program has maintained full accreditation since it's inception approximately 45 years ago. The goal of this department is to teach young physicians to become consultant physicians in anesthesiology and encourage medical students to consider anesthesiology as a career in medicine. We have up to fifteen clinical anesthesia residents (PGY-2 through PGY-4) plus three Clinical Base Year (Intern/PGY-1) each year. Residents may enter the program at either the PGY-1 (intern) or PGY-2 (CA-1) levels.

We offer one Integrated Residency position for University of Missouri-Columbia medical students. Those interested in applying for this opportunity should contact Beth Shepard at (573) 884-3466. 

General Information for Students

The American Board of Anesthesiology has defined anesthesiology as follows:

  1. The assessment of, consultation for and preparation of patients for anesthesia.
  2. The provision of insensibility to pain during surgical, obstetrical, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, and the management of patients so affected.
  3. The monitoring and restoration of homeostasis during the perioperative period, as well as homeostasis in the critically ill, injured, or otherwise seriously ill patient.
  4. The diagnosis and treatment of painful syndromes.
  5. The clinical management and teaching of cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation.
  6. The evaluation of respiratory function and application of respiratory therapy in all its forms.
  7. The supervision, teaching, and evaluation of performance of both medical and paramedical personnel involved in anesthesia, respiratory and critical care.
  8. The conduct of research at the clinical and basic science levels to explain and improve the care of patients.
  9. The administrative involvement in hospitals, medical schools, and outpatient facilities necessary to implement these responsibilities.

Additional Sites:

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists

University of Missouri School of Medicine 

Association of American Medical Colleges - Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)



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