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How are the hours? Are they flexible, strict, or do you just go in when paged/called?

I am a senior looking into the medical field. It has always interested me. I initially wanted to be a surgeon, but now I have been really focused and set on becoming n anesthesiologist. #anesthesiologist, #doctor

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Estelle’s Answer

In general, anesthesiologists in larger cities work set hours with call shifts. That means that they work 6a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Friday and take night call once a week, for example. In smaller areas, they may be on call and go in unexpectedly. They do tend to have flexibility when they work in groups because they can trade call days with partners. If they work in outpatient surgery centers, they do not take call after hours because outpatient surgery centers do not take emergencies. Hope this gives you an idea of their work schedules. Good luck!
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Samantha’s Answer

All specialties are different for example emergency room physicians do not take call, work around 12 shifts per month, have flexibility of switching shifts with co-workers and generally are done with their shift when they leave the hospital. Since the anesthesiologist question was answered I will attempt to answer other aspects of the medical field and schedules. To get to medical school it will require hard work and a decent amount of time to study for MCAT, fill out applications and do interviews for school. In terms of being in medical school it is very time consuming and a daily job. For example, my daily schedule as a medical student is up by 6am to fit in a workout, then lectures 8-11am, post studies throughout the day with some days including small groups and labs. Hopefully this gives you an idea of time commitment to achieve becoming an anesthesiologist. Goodluck you will do great and it is all worth it!
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