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What do you enjoy most about being an anesthesiologist?

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Rachel’s Answer

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Many anesthesiologists enjoy the predictability of the job and the lack of night call. These physicians are highly skilled in managing patients' airways during surgery, and while the surgeon has to deal with all of the post-operative complications that occur, the anesthesiologist is done with the case whenever the patient wakes up (most of the time).
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Parthey’s Answer

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Hi Omar!

Great question! Although I am not a doctor, I have had a few surgeries due to sports and have some relevant information to share. I also have a few friends who are doctors, including someone who is an anesthesiologist.

First, the doctors I have spoken to always mention that helping people is what they enjoy most about their profession. Anesthesiologists are integral to almost every surgery out there and thus they have many chances to make an impact. In addition, having the schooling required of doctors gives one an incredible amount of knowledge about the human body. My friends always say that they are so grateful to have learned what they did and their education has helped them appreciate life so much more.

That said, working in the field of surgery is also a very demanding area. Every surgery I've had was held in the very early hours of the morning, by 6 or 7 AM at the latest. There is a lot of preparation that happens before the surgery, which means the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and anyone else assisting with the surgery must reach the hospital even earlier. The anesthesiologist that I know often wakes up by 4 AM or earlier to start the day.

In summary, there are many amazing parts to this career and many challenges as well. In order to have the best view of what the profession may be like, I recommend finding at least 2-3 anesthesiologists who may be willing to speak to you on the phone for a few minutes about their profession.

Parthey recommends the following next steps:

  • Find at least 2-3 anesthesiologists who may be willing to speak to you on the phone for a few minutes about their profession. Use LinkedIn or local doctors/hospitals to help you find contact information.
  • Be sure to use their advice to come up with a pros and cons list about their work and daily lives to help you decide if this career path is right for you.
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