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What parts of being an anesthesiologist are the most challenging?


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Caroline’s Answer

Hi Omar,
Though I’m not an anesthesiologist myself, I see your question is still unanswered so I figured I could give you some insight as someone who has worked with anesthesiologists!

One of the most challenging aspects is that you have to have a very very flawless understanding of pharmacology (drugs) and how they work to keep patients safe. This also means you have to be prepared for patients with preexisting conditions who may have medications and surgery affect their bodies differently, and you need to be prepared for how this will affect the decisions you make in terms of what medications you will provide. I encourage you (when COVID-19 quiets down) to find an anesthesiologist at your local hospital and ask to shadow for a day so you can experience a day in the life and ask some questions to someone who can give you the most accurate information!

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Estelle’s Answer

One of my very good friends is an anesthesiologist. The joke in anesthesiology is that it is 90% boredom 10% terror. In anesthesiology, most of your cases will go very smoothly. You put your patient to sleep, you monitor them, and they wake up without a problem. But in high-risk cases, the patient can start bleeding, in which case you’ll have to give them fluid or blood. Their blood pressure might start dropping, in which you might have to give him medication to increase their blood pressure. Their heart might start going into an abnormal rhythm, and you will have to save them. However, anesthesiologists make a very good living and are often very satisfied with their careers. I wish you the best of luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

There are some instances when a patient will become very sick or an airway will be compromised, in which the anesthesiologists' job can become extremely stressful. However, they are trained to deal with these situations, and complications are relatively infrequent.

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