- Anesthesiologists are physicians who focus on surgical patients and pain relief. They administer anesthetics, which are medicines to prevent patients from feeling pain and sensations; closely monitor patients' vital signs during surgery and adjust anesthetics accordingly; monitor patients through the first recovery stages after an operation; and administer appropriate medications during recovery. In addition to helping patients through surgery, anesthesiologists may also help treat patients with conditions causing chronic pain.

Best part of Job
- It is an acute care field. Every case is critical care, acute medicine. You get to make a plan and see things happen all in a short period of time. You also get to do things that freak most other docs out, big lines, intubations galore, pushing pressors and other vasoactive drugs, managing huge blood losses. Things that would have most internists screaming for help. It's also a very diverse field. You can specialize in peds and have minimal if any adult contact, if you like cardio stuff you do a fellowship and are the cardiologist in the OR performing TEE's and generally working with a high risk population. If you like neuro you train in all of the neuro monitoring devices in the OR. If you desire more outpatient 'doctor' like things you can do pain management. If you like the ICU, the best route to this is anesthesia in my opinion. Love OB?, there's a fellowship in that as well. In all areas of anesthesia though, there is use of medical knowledge from all specialties. You need to know your peds, OB, surgery, even psych

Worst part of Job
- From what I have seen, it is stressful. 8 hours in the OR is vastly different from 8 hours in an office or on the wards. Like I said before, every case is an acute critical care situation. A radiologist once told me that rads and anesthesia are the most underappreciated specialties in terms of stress. Just like every mammogram or CT scan could contain a small finding that must not be missed, everything you do in anesthesia has the potential to go very very wrong.

- Median - $321,686 per year

Education and training
- Like any other physician, an anesthesiologist must successfully complete a four-year undergraduate degree and a four-year medical school program. After medical school, an anesthesiologist takes an additional four years of specialized training.
Top schools : Emory University in Atlanta, GA, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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