Being an anesthesiologists on a daily basis
Hi, I am a sophomore in Boston and am really interested in becoming a doctor in the future. However my main interest is becoming an anesthesiologist. I would like to ask any one who is or knows the routine of an anesthesiologist, and what they do on a day to day basis, and the best and worst parts of the job? #doctor #medicine #nurse #anesthesiologist
An anesthesiologist spends their day doing the following tasks:
Evaluating patients prior to surgery in order to plan the best anesthesia technique ( plan to sedate the patient during surgery).
Actually preparing patients in the immediate pre-operative period for surgery ( this may include placing invasive monitors and sedating the patient and supporting them during surgery. This involves more than putting them to sleep and keeping them pain free, it involves actually monitoring their vital signs and supporting them through the stress of surgery. For example a patient may have their blood pressure drop suddenly and need medication to reverse this. It also involves administering medications that help the surgeon do the operation. An example of this is that sometimes a brain surgeon may find the brain very swollen and need the swelling reduced to help proceed safely, anesthesiologists help with these kinds of tasks.
They then will manage the patients as they awaken from anesthesia and address any post surgical complications in the "recovery room"
Some anesthesiologists extend this post or recovery care to manage patients who require intensive care for a prolonged period of time, and specialize in critical care medicine ( usually for surgical patients) and take care of very sick patients who require days or longer in the ICU as they recover or experience complications following trauma or difficult surgery.
I am actually a pulmonary critical care medicine specialist but have a good deal of experience working with anesthesiologists both in doing my critical care training and working with them in the ICU or caring for patients post surgery. I will defer to those who are anesthesiologists to tell you the best and worst parts of the job, but when deciding on my own specialty I thought about anesthesiology. I think pros are very well compensated, and very interesting. Negatives are the lack of long term relationships with patients ( except for those who do critical care you do not really "know" your patients.