With an acceleration in retirement across the medical field due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for anesthesiologists has boomed across the country. Simultaneously, academic medicine has had to adapt to a virtual world, taking on both the challenges and opportunities this new reality presents.

Pedro Tanaka, MD, PhD (Medicine), MACM, PhD (Education), worked as a private physician at an academic center in Brazil before coming to Stanford University in 2007. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and the associate program director of the anesthesia residency program. He shares his insight on students' experiences in becoming anesthesiologists in the U.S. today.

Because of his background, Dr. Tanaka is uniquely positioned to discuss the differences in global medical programs, and he writes frequently on the topic. The experience of studying anesthesiology in the U.S. is unique compared to the academic requirements of other...

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