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Is being an anesthesiologist worth it?

​As a student, I find joy in swimming and reading books. I am currently in 6th grade, but soon I'll be entering 7th grade. My aspiration is to become an anesthesiologist, but I have concerns about the cost and duration of the education required to pursue this career. I'm worried that it might take me 10 years to complete college, grad school, and residency​. I​ wonder if I'm setting my expectations too high and whether it's all worth it.

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Scott’s Answer

Good morning Bridg. My first words of advice are to continue to enjoy swimming and reading! You are still young with your whole life ahead of you. As you enjoy swimming, who knows, perhaps you will find out you want to be a teacher and coach the swim team! That being said, I am curious as to why you are thinking specifically about anesthesia. I am a doctor and feel being in a helping profession is a very rewarding life so if in the future you continue to be interested in anesthesiology, go for it! Good luck!
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Lynn’s Answer

Anesthesiologists is a great career goal! They are highly specialized in the medical field and require extensive education. Start by taking courses in biology, anatomy, pharmacology to see if you interests line up with the educational requirements. It is an 8 year+ course of study, similar to that of a doctor, but beyond that.

Anesthesiologists are in demand as with other medical careers. If that sounds too exhausting, start your education with a pharmacy technology path and go from there. Much of the coursework will apply to either vocation. You can always add education.

Hope that helps you on your journey!
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