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Are there too many or too few people in the field of anesthesiology?

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Maldonado’s Answer

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The specialty of anesthesiology offers physicians unique opportunities: the chance to develop advanced expertise in pharmacology, work with patients when they’re at their most vulnerable and develop pain management plans. Anesthesiologists describe their field as fast-paced and intellectually demanding, yet amenable to family life, with intense high-pressure workdays offset by ample personal time.

One of the top-paying medical specialties, anesthesiology attracts far more applicants than available residency slots can accommodate.
Anesthesiologists practice in a high-stress environment, with multiple demands from patients, families, other physicians, co-workers, and administrators. ... This is particularly stressful when the event is unexpected and the patient was previously healthy. Anesthesiologists may handle such crises in a variety of ways.

There are needed in the industry since a few get to finish due to competitiveness. Only about three-fourths of 4th year US medical students successfully matched into those programs. The numbers were even more abysmal for other students, like foreign medical graduates.

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Maldonado recommends the following next steps:

  • Lookup for more information in the American Anesthesiologists website
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Ira’s Answer

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There are not too many anesthesia providers in the US. There are plenty of jobs around the country and a constant need for full-time, part-time, per diem, and locum anesthesia providers. With our aging population there will be an increased need in the future. There are three types of anesthesia providers taking care of patients in various situations: physician anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and anesthesiology assistants. They have different levels of training with physician anesthesiologists attending four years of medical school and, at least, four years of post graduate training in anesthesia. Nurse anesthetists are typically supervised by anesthesiologist in an "anesthesia care team" model of practice. Anesthesia assistance are always supervised. As with all physician subspecialties there is a maldistribution of physicians in the US with most attracted to metropolitan and suburban areas. Rural areas have more of a need. There will always be jobs for anesthesia providers and the income earned is substantial.

Ira recommends the following next steps:

  • information about anesthesia can be found at the American Society of Anesthesiologist website.
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