Have you ever wondered what it would be like undergoing a major surgery without anesthesia? A patient writhing in pain and a surgeon unable to perform effectively. A botched surgery. Pain management not only ensures an effective and efficient surgery, but it also improves post-operative recovery. Those people with this mission are called anesthesiologists.
Anesthesiologists are physicians that specialize in pain management. They work with other physicians and surgeons in assessing and creating treatment plans and procedures for patients before, during, and after surgery. Prior to surgery, they assess the patient?s medical history and create a plan for the specific needs of the procedure. During surgery, they monitor the patient?s vitals and adjust anesthetics, as necessary. Post-surgery, anesthesiologists monitor and handle patient?s pain management to achieve better surgical outcomes and recovery.
Like other doctors, anesthesiologists will need to complete a 4-year undergraduate degree and then a 4-year medical school education. They must also complete another 4 years of anesthesiology residency. Finally, they must pass a certification examination by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
As with other surgeons, anesthesiologists? education lasts for more than ten years before getting certified. At work, they stand for long hours during surgery, and work hours are often irregular. However, the demand for them is always strong as there have been more than a hundred million surgeries in the US as of 2019 and is projected to grow. Depending on factors such as region, education, and employer, anesthesiologists are considered as one of the higher-paying jobs.
If you are the type of person that displays compassion, compulsively attentive to detail, does not crack under pressure and stressful circumstances, and with the motivation to persist through almost 2 decades of education, then this career might just be right for you!