Factors Influencing the Choice of Anesthesia as a Career by Undergraduates of the University of Rwanda

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Chan et al1 reported data from 2014 that few Rwandan medical students considered anesthesia as a desirable residency program. Reasons for not choosing anesthesiology included long work hours, high stress level, insufficient mentorship, and few job opportunities. Since this report, enrollment in the Rwandan anesthesia residency has improved substantially (Table). As a current resident, I describe the factors that helped shift anesthesiology from an undesirable to a desirable specialty.
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