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What are some pros and cons of being an anesthesiologist?

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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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Riley:

Thank you for your question. An anesthesiologist is a medical professional responsible for developing preoperative care solutions and treatment plans to eliminate pain. Anesthesiologists prescribe drugs for surgical procedures such as cesarean sections, cataract surgeries, breast biopsies, and coronary artery bypasses. The drugs these professionals give patients to make them insensitive to pain during medical processes are called anesthetics. Here are some Pros and Cons to becoming an Anesthesiologist. . .

▲ PROS

• High salary
• Security
• Wide variety of patient types
• Autonomy
• Professional respect
• Working with your hands
• Instant gratification and feedback in the operating room
• Good working schedule

▼ CONS

• Over ten years of schooling
• Getting residency positions can be very competitive
• Lack of follow-up and continuity in patient care
• Requires high level of responsibility and potential stress

Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Pros & Cons of Anesthesiologist • https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/questions/106/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-being-an-anesthesiologist/
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Sendil’s Answer

Benefits of Being an Anesthesiologist
Average Anesthesiologist Salary. To start, one of the most obvious benefits of being an anesthesiologist is the pay. ...
Regular Work Hours. Compared to other types of physician jobs out there, anesthesiologists often have much more regular work hours. ...
Limited Patient Relationship. ...
It's Easier to Relocate.
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Estelle’s Answer

In my opinion, anesthesia being procedure oriented is good. Much of their work is routine with episodes of fast-paced, highly stressful work on very unstable patients. They have fairly regular hours even thought they generally have to take call because call is scheduled. They often work in groups so don't have to worry about running a practice/ practice management.

Along the same lines, in not running their own practice, they lose autonomy. As Sendil pointed out, they have limited patient interaction. They are usually bound to a hospital unless they focus on pain management. Routine surgeries might become dull after a few years.
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