Anesthesiologists commonly supervise CRNAs as well as "running" their own anesthesia care. Anesthesiologists also have to work very closely with surgeons to coordinate care for their patients. So my advice to anyone who wants to become an anesthesiologist is to:
1. Get involved in leadership opportunities. You will be in charge of patients and other healthcare workers caring for those patients. Get used to being a leader.
2. Learn to work in teams. Not only will you be directing other anesthesia healthcare workers but you will be working with surgeons who will want things one way instead of the common way. Compromises will be made. Just be sure your patient is safe and secure.
3. Be self-motivated. Anesthesiologists are the masked crusaders. They are the doctors who have the ultimate responsibility for patients when they are in the operating/procedure room without receiving much or any recognition.
If you can be a leader, team member, and be self-motivated you can be a great anesthesiologist. Ultimately my advice would be to get involved in a leadership role where you can actively manage a team and will be able to do this without much outside motivation (exmples: Clubs, student organizations, supervisor roles at work, etc.)
Because you have to go to medical school as well these things help:
1. Pick one regular (weekly to monthly) and stick with that throughout college. Random volunteering looks worse than full commitment to one thing over a long time.
2. Good Grades. This ones self explanatory.
3. Have fun/Practice Mindfulness. Anesthesiologists are calm, cool, and collected in the worst situations. Learn to role with the punches and be the collected one in the room even if "it's" hitting the fan.
- Anesthesiology Resident
Many anesthesiologists are in group practices, so they have scheduled hours and established call schedules. They are employees so do not have to run a practice or hire/fire employees. They can focus on practicing their specialty instead of running the business of the office.