Anaesthetists are physicians trained in anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine. The title of the role varies between countries with anesthesiologist used in the USA and Canada whilst anaesthetist is used in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries.

Anaesthetists are acute care specialists and provide intensive care techniques perioperatively as the experts in airway management, intraoperative life support, pain control, intraoperative diagnoses, stabilization, and proper postoperative medical management of patients. An anaesthetist’s scope of practice also involves in-hospital and pre-hospital emergencies, work within intensive care units, acute pain units, and chronic pain consultations.

Anaesthetic Subspecialities

Anaesthetists may undertake further training in subspecialist fields which include critical care medicine, cardiac anaesthesia, neuro anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia, obstetric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia or pain management.

Anaesthetist Roles

Anaesthetic skills are much in demand as shortages of trained physicians in this field are common in many areas of the world. Highly specialised anaesthetists working in tertiary care hospitals may practice full time within their own speciality area such as anaesthesia for cardio-thoracic procedures or neurosurgery or pain management.

In secondary care hospitals, most anaesthetists will anaesthetise patients for a wide range of surgical procedures and may also manage patients in intensive care units, emergency departments and pain clinics. The work can be varied and challenging.

In remote hospitals, GPs may provide anaesthetics for minor procedures and manage patients peri-operatively.

Anaesthetist Candidates

Odyssey’s anaesthetist candidates have trained in prestigious programmes and hold board certification or fellowships from developed countries. We have a large number of candidates with general and subspecialist training in all the specialist fields including experienced cardiac anaesthetists.

The majority of our candidates hold the following qualifications:

USA: American Board of Anaesthesiology (ABA)

Canada: FRCPC


Ireland: FFARCSI and CCT

South Africa: FCA (SA)

Australia and New Zealand: FANZCA

Germany: Fachartz

France: DES     

Useful Links

American Board of Anaesthesiology

The Royal College of Anaesthetists