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Anesthesiologist

   

Anesthesiologists are Doctors of Medicine (MDs) that concentrate on the care of surgical patients and pain relief. As with other physicians, they evaluate and treat patients and direct the efforts of those on their staffs. Some of the primary responsibilities of an anesthesiologist include examining patient to determine the type of anesthetic needed, communicating all relevant information to the appropriate medical practitioners, and administering local, intravenous, or spinal anesthetic to the patient. Other duties may include recording the type and amount of anesthesia administered, maintaining the patient’s vital life functions (i.e. heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing) through continual monitoring and assessment during surgery, and conferring with other physicians and surgeons to determine the condition of a patient before, during, and after sedation. Anyone interested in this medical specialty must be dedicated to a lifetime of continuing education in order to stay current with the constantly evolving nature of anesthesiology and pain management. To be successful in anesthesiology, individuals must excel academically, be incredibly detailed-oriented, calm in stressful situations, and warm and caring in order to ease patient’s anxiety.


Work Environment:

The majority of anesthesiologists work in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. Other opportunities may exist in private and group practices, urgent care centers, academic medical centers, and the military. As with most other physicians, anesthesiologists work long and hectic hours, with nearly one third working 60 hours a week or more.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a career as an anesthesiologist should concentrate on high school courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, geometry, physics, trigonometry, anatomy and physiology, humanities, health occupations/medical professions education, psychology, and computer skills.


College Requirements:

Individuals interested in becoming an anesthesiologist must complete a premedical program at an accredited college or university. These programs are four years in length and are very rigorous. Students must then pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and get accepted into a school of medicine. This may require a personal interview, additional applications, or further testing.

Upon graduation of an accredited medical school, a student then spends four more years in an anesthesiology residency (there are about 160 anesthesiology medical residency programs in the United States). Some residents take one more year of study, called a fellowship, in a specific area of anesthesiology such as critical care medicine, pain medicine, research or education. During residency training, anesthesiologists generally work toward obtaining certification from the American Society of Anesthesiologists or the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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Career Outlook:

The career outlook for anesthesiologists, as well as physicians and surgeons, is expected to be great because the growing population will need more doctors to fulfill their health care needs. While there are no employment statistics specifically for this specialty, opportunities for physicians will increase 10% - 20% over the next decade. Specialists such as anesthesiologists will experience the greatest rise in employment in response to patient demand for access to specialty care. Technology will also play an important role in the increase in employment in this specialty. As anesthesiologists are able to perform more complex procedures, they will be able to treat conditions that were previously regarded as untreatable.
 

 

Salary:

Average Annual Salary

$245,200

 

Salary Range

$195,400-$290,000

 

Professional Organizations:

Association of American Medical Colleges

2450 N Street NW

Washington, DC 20037-1127

Phone: (202) 828-0400

Web: www.aamc.org

 

American Society of Anesthesiologists

520 N. Northwest Hwy.

Park Ridge, IL

60068-2573

Phone: (847) 825-5586
Fax: (847) 825-1692

Web: www.asahq.org

 

American Board of Anesthesiology

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 510

Raleigh, NC

27607-7506

Phone: (919) 881-2570  Fax: (919) 881-2575  Web: www.abanes.org

 

Mississippi State Medical Association

PO Box 2548

Ridgeland, MS

39158-2548

Phone: (601) 853-6733

Web: www.msmaonline.com


 

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