Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine which involves the perioperative care of patients and the treatment of pain. The field is predominantly a hospital or ambulatory surgery based specialty, which cares for patients acutely preoperatively, postoperatively and in critical care units. It also involves the treatment of acute and chronic pain as one of its major subspecialties.

The practice of anesthesiology includes a wide spectrum of patients: all ages, all degrees of illnesses and both sexes. The subspecialties include: pediatric, cardiac, neuro, obstetrical, ambulatory anesthesia as well as critical care medicine and pain management. Individuals interested in anesthesiology are those who enjoy physiology and applied pharmacology in the clinical setting. They must be comfortable with managing acute life threatening problems and enjoy working in the operating room.

Residency Training

  • Duration of training: Internship + three years, with an optional PG5 year with a fellowship.
  • Number of programs nationally: 153.
  • Number of entering residency positions per year: 1,370.
  • Types of fellowships or subspecialties: Pediatric, Cardiac, Obstetrical, Neuro, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Management.
  • Type of Match: Categorical, Advanced and Regular.
  • Overall competitiveness of the specialty: Average USMLE Step 1 score is 240 at Michigan and 236 nationally

Primary Faculty Contact for M1's and M2's

Matt Wixson MD

(Kimberly Ward) or 734-936-4280
(Vu Willey) or 734-232-6128


Medical Student Club or Interest Group

The anesthesia interest group meets every fall to meet residents, fellows and faculty. All interested students are given a free membership to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. A Career Night is held prior to the residency application season to assist with strategies, disseminate information about programs, and provide mentorship.

 Anesthesiology Student Interest Group

Available Fellowships

  • Critical Care
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Intervntional Pain Management
  • Regional/Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Head and Neck Anesthesia

Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences for M1's or M2's

Matt Wixson MD

(Kimberly Ward) or 734-936-4280
(Vu Willey) or 734-232-6128