The stages of training
The first step towards a career as an anaesthetist is medical school
Undergraduate medical training mostly lasts for five years and medical students normally graduate with a bachelors degree.
After graduating from medical school, you will enter foundation training in hospitals around the UK. Foundation training lasts two years and after the first year, trainees become fully registered medical practitioners. Through the second year of foundation year training, foundation doctors apply for postgraduate training in one of the specialties, of which anaesthesia is one.
Trainees can apply for the UK anaesthesia training programme which consists of: core [core anaesthesia or core Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)], intermediate, higher and advanced training. Trainees also have the option of completing dual Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT) in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at a later stage.
For more information on becoming an anaesthetist, get in touch with the training team.