Anesthesiology/College Education

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Question
Dr. Kattato,
Hello, I'm a rising senior in high school and I'm pretty lost as to what is to come in college.

So, I was wondering what should my major/minor be if I want to become a CRNA?
Also, what would me college career look like (# of years, what degrees, residency, etc.)?

Sorry is what I asked doesn't make sense I'm really confused/ lost.
THANK YOU!

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First, thank you for inquiring.  Let me just say that I'm not a physician, but a registered nurse (RN) that has gone on for additional training and education, and received my Master's of Science in the field of Nurse Anesthesiology (CRNA, MS).  I'm able to provide anesthesia to all age-groups, and for all kinds of surgeries.

With that said, let me attempt to answer your question:

If I'm being blunt, whether you have any desire to contribute to/work toward/change anything within the science field, you need science (let's not forget the math ;)) courses.  Whether you choose to be a CRNA or an anesthesiologist, it's imperative you have a solid understanding of the science, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology, to say the least, to be successful and safe in the practice of administering anesthesia to people (or animals if that's your intention).

There are many different avenues one can choose in pursuing a career in nursing and medicine.  It really should start with what it is you're truly looking for in life..(as basic as that may sound).  Find your passion, and go from there.  

Please feel free to ask me any further questions relating to any matters you deem appropriate here.  

Thanks again for the question, and I hope I've helped some.

Dino

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Dino Kattato MSNA CRNA

Expertise

Former ICU/ER RN with several years of experience. I can answer questions relating to the CRNA education process, professional issues involved, as well as questions about adult and pediatric clinical anesthesia.

Experience

Level I regional Trauma center dealing with simple to complex patient populations of all ages. Experience with general anesthesia, spinal and epidural anesthesia, and total IV anesthesia for all surgical specialties including neuro, ortho, general surgery, vascular, electrophysiology, and VIR, with the exception of cardiac anesthesia. Ambulatory surgery center dealing mostly with ENT, plastics, and eyes (70%:30% peds:adults).

Organizations
AANA NYSANA

Publications
AANA Journal February 2010 Feb;78(1):24-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=20977125&dopt=abstractplus

Education/Credentials
RN BSN MSNA ACLS/PALS BLS instructor

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