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Pathway Director

S. Nini Malayaman, M.D. Office #
snm25@drexel.edu (215) 762-7737

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

It is not critical that the student have research experience. If the student has participated in research, it is very important that he/she be familiar enough with the research to discuss it on a residency interview.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Occasionally. TheChair of the Department of Anesthesiology (Dr. Michael Green, DO) and the Vice Chair for Research (Henry Liu, MD) can be reaches through the department office, 215-762-7922. In the past, medical students have found research opportunities in other Anesthesiology Departments in other institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Shadowing opportunities may be available on a limited basis. Contact S. Nini Malayaman, M.D.: 215-762-7972 or snm25@drexel.edu

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Away rotations are highly recommended, particularly for students seeking programs in geographically competitive areas. In most cases, it is in the student's best interest to do an away rotation so they can get to know the other institution better.

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a eprson in this field?

Just be true to yourself. Hoepfully, you are committed to learning, an effective communicator, and dedicated to compassionate patient care.

What are career opportunities after training?

Fellowships are available - these are usually one year programs. Academic or private practice anesthesiologist jobs are available; each offer different benefits (and negatives).

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

You can work full-time or part-time depending on how much time you want away from work. You will most-always sign your patients over the another anesthesilogist when you leave the hospital for the day.

What resources would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?

Join the American Society for Anesthesiologists (ASA) as a medical student member. Is it a low-cost membership and lets you explore the field in greater depth than shadowing. Contacts S. Nini Malayaman, MD for application form signiture.

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Find the field that suits you best - it may be anesthesiology but it may be another field. Take on a leadership role - DUCOM offers so many opportunities to be a leader and demonstrate that you care about your fellow students and the community. **Most importantly - do your best on USMLE Step 1!**

Additional information you would like to add?

Anesthesilogy continues to be a competitive specialty in recent years. A weel-rounded medical education is the best preparation for a residency in anesthesiology. As with other specialties, candidates with solid performances on USMLE Steps 1 and 2 are viewed more favorable; these students are less likely to encounter difficult with the Board Certification process.

Go to the Drexel Career Advising Website for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Anesthesiology Interest Group: DUCOManesthesia@gmail.com

Specialty Description

An anesthesiologist is trained to provide pain relief and maintenance, or restoration, of a stable condition during and immediately following an operation, obstetric, or diagnostic procedure. It is the anesthesiologist's foremost purpose and concern to protect the patient's well-being and safety just prior to, during, and after surgery. Anesthesiologists have many responsibilities: preoperative evaluation of patients to determine conditions that may complicate surgery; management of pain and emotional stress during surgical, obstetrical, and medical procedures; provision of life support under the stress of anesthesia and surgery; immediate postoperative care of the patient; and knowledge of drugs and their interactions with anesthetic agents. Their functions also include long-standing and cancer pain management; management of problems in cardiac and respiratory resuscitation; application of specific methods of inhalation therapy; and emergency clinical management of various fluid, electrolyte, and metabolic disturbances. (Source: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_anesthesiology.htm)

Time Requirement

4 years, including a Clinical Base (or PGY-1) Year


National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 34.1 39.7
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 9.0 10.7
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --- 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors.  Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information: Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advising Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.