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The Education for an Anesthesiologist
What is an Anesthesiologist?
Typical Day on the JOB
Like I had said before, math and science.
I got a schedule from real anesthesiologists....... Wanna see? Really LONG.
Even before entering college, those interested in a career in anesthesiology need to think about the kinds of classes taken in high school. Classes with a math and science concentration certainly go a long way in preparing a future anesthesiologist for success in college and medical school. They also need to attend a four-year undergraduate program and most will enroll in a pre-medicine or another science-concentrated program, though it is not required.
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who cares for a patient before, during and immediately following a surgical or medical procedure by administering appropriate anesthesia and monitoring the patient for reactions and complications, and to ensure comfort and manage pain.
An anesthesiologist meets with the patient prior to the procedure to evaluate the patient's condition and review their medical history. The anesthesiologist also explains the process so the patient knows what to expect. During the procedure, the anesthesiologist carefully monitors the patient's vital signs and comfort and makes the appropriate adjustments in anesthesia. Following the procedure, the anesthesiologist continues to monitor the patient's vitals and may be involved in management of pain.
The job outlook for anesthesiologists is very good. In the 2010 issue of Money Magazine, the career of anesthesiology found a spot in the list of the top 20 paying jobs in the US. Anaesthesiologists play a key role in the medical care of patients undergoing a wide range of procedures and critical illness and pain management needs. As the growing population seems to always be in demand for medical professionals, job growth for anesthesiologists is expected to increase 10% to 20% over the next decade. Moreover, with huge strides being made in technological advancements, these professional will be able to perform ever more complex procedures and their role may expand.
Anesthesiologists are some of the highest-paid physician specialists in the field of medicine. Salaries can vary greatly by geographic region, type of facility, number of years in practice and sub-specialty. Anesthesiologists earn, on average, a salary of approximately $300,000 annually, and can expect to earn upwards of $450,000 with experience. Many anesthesiologists receive a bonus in addition to salary, and anesthesiologists working in specific areas such as cardiology or pediatrics are paid at a premium.
By Min and Jasmine
5:45 : am The alarm is going off. Didn't I just fall asleep?!? Shower, dressed, & then breakfast.
6:15 : Off to work - really glad the hospital is next to the highway on those snowy days. Plus the free on-site parking for residents is much better than taking the shuttle from the staff parking lots.
6:30: In the hospital and changing into scrubs. Time to set up for the day's cases. Some examples:
Cardiac --> Drips, TEE, Central Line & Swan
Ortho --> Ultrasound for any sort of regional - sciatic, popliteal, interscalene, fem caths.....
Whipple --> Drips, Setup for A-line/Central Line, Epidural, & iStat
Neuro --> Drips for TIVA, FFB, A-line
That's why I love anesthesia - something different everyday.
7:00: Room's all set. Out to pre-op to meet & interview the first patient.
7:25: Bringing in the patient. ASA monitors - check. Pre-oxygenation - check. How to intubate today? Direct laryngoscopy? Bullard? FFB? McGrath? So many choices...
9:00: The attending's back from starting their second room. Breatime! Time for the morning email and news check.
9:45: Been back from break for 30 minutes and have set up the meds and equipment for the next case. The attending have a break in their other room. They've returned and spent 20-30 minutes talking about the physiology/medicine behind this particular case vs. a related topic of my choosing.
10:30: First case done and being dropped off in PACU. Room turnover is fast...usually 15 minutes or less. The attending already has seen and done the pre-op on the next patient. I get familiar with their record and introduce myself.
I know the video don't work in
school so listen to the voice.
The Other Video
Title: A day being an anesthesiologist
No... ASK IT NOW.
This was a mistake OK?!
10:45: Have brought the next patient to the room. Another induction and we're ready to go.
11:30: Attending has returned to relieve me for lunch. Every other Thursday is free lunch from the Anesthesia department. The other days you can use the hospital-supplied ID Card funds in the cafeteria. I've been supremely grateful for the extra evening time not having to pack a lunch.
12:00: pm Back in the OR. Setup for the next case. Have some extra time to read prior to waking the patient and going to PACU.
1:30 Next patient is in the room. Induction, intubation, and case started.
2:15 Afternoon Break
3:45 The attending comes in to relieve me for lecture. I give signout and head to the Anesthesia Office.
4:00 Lecture time Monday through Thursday. One of the attendings give an hour long presentation on a multitude of topics covering the scope of Miller over the course of the year. Examples include Anesthesia for AAA Repair, Transesophageal Echo for Cardiac Surgery, Opioids, Neuromuscular Blockers, Mock Group Orals, Written Board Review, etc. Fridays we're relieved any time between 15:00 and 17:00 for the day depending on how busy the ORs that day.
5:00 Lecture is out. Head back to the Anesthesia library for assignment of the next day's inpatient pre-ops. They are assigned to you if they're in your room the next day. If an attending or CRNA is assigned to the room, then the preops are assigned alphabetically by class; CA-1s first, then CA-2s, and CA-3s. CA-1s usually get pre-ops. CA-3s rarely get pre-ops.
5:15 No pre-op --> Changed and on the way home.
6:00 Arrived home if a pre-op was assigned. Exercise time.
6:45 Looking up my patients for the next day. Then I give the attending a call to discuss the complicated patients and my anesthetic plan. We usually decide a discussion topic for the next days as well.
7:00 Another productive day to be repeated tomorrow. Off to bed.