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ANESTHESIOLOGY RESIDENT: Making Sure Patients Get Through Surgery Safely

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Catherine is an Anesthesiology Resident, which means that she graduated from medical school and is in training to become the doctor who puts patients to sleep safely before surgery and follows up with them the procedure. She advises: whatever career you're interested in, find a professional to shadow at their place of work. Then you'll know what really goes into doing that job.

Degree: Biology - Medicine
Job Title: Anesthesiology Resident

Job Summary: Anesthesiologists

Job Description

Anesthesiologists are physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery, or other medical procedures.

The role of the anesthesiologist extends beyond the operating room. The anesthesiologist is responsible for the assessment of the patient prior to surgery and also for the well-being of the patient while emerging from the effects of anesthesia.

Some anesthesiologists also do pain management for people with chronic back or neck problems.

On-the-Job Training

Residency/Internship

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$130,000 - $400,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Patience, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Doctorate
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m='13640'>will</span> <span m='13810'>be</span> <span m='14070'>the</span> <span m='14300'>one</span> <span m='14550'>that</span> <span m='14710'>keep</span> <span m='14910'>you</span> <span m='15050'>safe</span> <span m='15330'>during</span> <span m='15650'>the</span> <span m='15760'>surgery</span> <span m='16230'>so</span> <span m='16370'>that the</span> <span m='16530'>surgeon</span> <span m='17040'>can</span> <span m='17670'>work</span> <span m='17880'>on</span> <span m='18000'>you,</span> <span m='18250'>and</span> <span m='18400'>then</span> <span m='18750'>I</span> <span m='18850'>will</span> <span m='19090'>be</span> <span m='19250'>the</span> <span m='19360'>one</span> <span m='19560'>that</span> <span m='19700'>wake</span> <span m='19940'>you up.</span> </p><p><span m='20580'>So</span> <span m='20670'>usually</span> <span m='21440'>for</span> <span m='21680'>resident</span> <span m='22170'>which</span> <span m='22360'>is</span> <span m='22500'>a</span> <span m='22680'>training</span> <span m='23040'>doctor,</span> <span m='24150'>we</span> <span m='24880'>usually</span> <span m='25520'>just</span> <span m='25750'>be</span> <span m='25890'>in</span> <span m='26000'>the</span> <span m='26100'>OR</span> <span m='26630'>every</span> <span m='27060'>day.</span> <span m='27380'>The</span> <span m='27820'>typical</span> <span m='28190'>day</span> <span m='28370'>will</span> <span m='28540'>be</span> <span m='29360'>at</span> <span m='29510'>six</span> <span m='29760'>or</span> <span m='29880'>seven</span> <span m='30180'>o'clock</span> <span m='30600'>we</span> <span m='30680'>set</span> <span m='30900'>up</span> <span m='31000'>our</span> <span m='31380'>room,</span> <span m='31420'>make</span> <span m='31620'>sure</span> <span m='31850'>that</span> <span m='32150'>everything</span> <span m='32549'>is</span> <span m='32689'>correct,</span> <span m='33240'>everything</span> <span m='33620'>work</span> <span m='33870'>out</span> <span m='34390'>right,</span> <span m='34780'>and</span> <span m='35010'>then</span> <span m='35160'>we</span> <span m='36230'>going</span> <span m='36440'>to</span> <span m='36580'>see</span> <span m='36770'>the</span> <span m='36890'>patient.</span> <span m='37890'>And</span> <span m='38160'>then</span> <span m='38520'>after</span> <span m='38830'>that</span> <span m='39050'>we'll</span> <span m='39760'>put</span> <span m='39940'>a</span> <span m='40350'>needle</span> <span m='40830'>in,</span> <span m='41130'>make</span> <span m='41290'>sure</span> <span m='41520'>everything</span> <span m='41980'>running</span> <span m='42290'>well,</span> <span m='42560'>and</span> <span m='42670'>then</span> <span m='42700'>we'll</span> <span m='42910'>take</span> <span m='43050'>the</span> <span m='43170'>patient</span> <span m='43590'>back</span> <span m='44210'>to the</span> <span m='44670'>OR.</span> <span m='45060'>And</span> <span m='45240'>whenever</span> <span m='45670'>the</span> <span m='45800'>case</span> <span m='46350'>is</span> <span m='46610'>done,</span> <span m='47040'>we</span> <span m='47180'>take</span> <span m='47400'>the</span> <span m='47500'>patient</span> <span m='47900'>back</span> <span m='48110'>to</span> <span m='48230'>the</span> <span m='48410'>recovery</span> <span m='48990'>room</span> <span m='49730'>and</span> <span m='50040'>then</span> <span m='50530'>we</span> <span m='50680'>start all</span> <span m='50960'>over</span> <span m='51400'>again</span> <span m='51670'>for</span> <span m='51810'>the</span> <span m='51940'>next</span> <span m='52280'>case.</span> </p><p><span m='53030'>So</span> <span m='53680'>to</span> <span m='53850'>become</span> <span m='54130'>a</span> <span m='54590'>anesthesiologist</span> <span m='55440'>which</span> <span m='55770'>is</span> <span m='55960'>the</span> <span m='56780'>doctor</span> <span m='57200'>that</span> <span m='57390'>put</span> <span m='57480'>you</span> <span m='57600'>to</span> <span m='57690'>sleep,</span> <span m='58980'>we</span> <span m='59120'>usually</span> <span m='59670'>have</span> <span m='59960'>to</span> <span m='60170'>do</span> <span m='61170'>after</span> <span m='61500'>high</span> <span m='61750'>school</span> <span m='62250'>we</span> <span m='62380'>have</span> <span m='62550'>to</span> <span m='62650'>go</span> <span m='62800'>to</span> <span m='62960'>undergrad</span> <span m='63315'>which</span> <span m='63670'>is</span> <span m='63820'>like</span> <span m='64010'>four</span> <span m='64180'>years</span> <span m='64470'>college</span> <span m='65349'>and</span> <span m='65740'>we</span> <span m='65870'>will</span> <span m='66220'>major</span> <span m='66600'>in</span> <span m='66850'>pre-med.</span> <span m='67410'>You</span> <span m='67490'>can</span> <span m='67640'>major</span> <span m='67860'>in</span> <span m='68050'>anything</span> <span m='68610'>that</span> <span m='68760'>you</span> <span m='68890'>like,</span> <span 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m='79710'>go</span> <span m='79860'>to</span> <span m='80010'>med</span> <span m='80260'>school</span> <span m='80480'>for</span> <span m='80630'>four</span> <span m='80880'>years</span> <span m='81420'>and</span> <span m='81620'>then</span> <span m='81770'>after</span> <span m='82020'>that</span> <span m='82220'>you'll</span> <span m='83100'>apply</span> <span m='83390'>for a</span> <span m='83590'>residency</span> <span m='84330'>in</span> <span m='84510'>anesthesia</span> <span m='85210'>and</span> <span m='85530'>then</span> <span m='86120'>that</span> <span m='86530'>will</span> <span m='86680'>be</span> <span m='86810'>another</span> <span m='87150'>four</span> <span m='87410'>years</span> <span m='87750'>and</span> <span m='87880'>you'll</span> <span m='87990'>be</span> <span m='88140'>done</span> <span m='88380'>after</span> <span m='88660'>four</span> <span m='88870'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='89910'>For</span> <span m='90080'>me</span> <span m='90480'>I</span> <span m='91160'>like</span> <span m='91460'>biology</span> <span m='92050'>back</span> <span m='92320'>then</span> <span m='92530'>and</span> <span m='92650'>I think</span> <span m='93000'>that biology</span> <span m='93720'>was</span> <span m='94360'>a</span> <span m='94450'>good</span> <span m='94750'>addition</span> <span m='95660'>for</span> <span m='95760'>medical</span> <span m='96160'>school</span> <span m='96520'>so</span> <span m='96710'>I</span> <span m='96870'>chose</span> <span m='97310'>biology.</span> <span m='99680'>And</span> <span m='99850'>so</span> <span m='100010'>that's why</span> <span m='100240'>I go</span> <span m='100430'>med</span> <span m='100650'>school.</span> <span m='101050'>But</span> <span m='101440'>I</span> <span m='101540'>know</span> <span m='101730'>a</span> <span m='101800'>lot</span> <span m='101970'>of</span> <span m='102090'>people</span> <span m='102405'>who</span> <span m='103260'>liked</span> <span m='103570'>engineer,</span> <span m='104220'>who</span> <span m='104450'>like</span> <span m='104710'>art.</span> <span m='105060'>Who</span> <span m='105450'>also</span> <span m='105770'>take</span> <span m='105990'>art</span> <span m='106400'>as</span> <span m='106530'>a</span> <span m='106620'>major</span> <span m='107090'>and</span> <span m='107230'>also</span> <span m='107940'>they</span> <span m='108120'>do</span> <span m='108420'>medicine,</span> <span m='109160'>you</span> <span m='109270'>know</span> <span m='109400'>biology</span> <span m='110120'>or</span> <span m='110500'>physics</span> <span m='110930'>on</span> <span m='111080'>this</span> <span m='111250'>side,</span> <span m='111600'>and</span> <span m='111750'>then</span> <span m='111890'>they</span> <span m='111970'>apply</span> <span m='112110'>for</span> <span m='112390'>med</span> <span m='112790'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='113640'>So</span> <span m='113860'>what</span> <span m='114030'>I</span> <span m='114120'>wish</span> <span m='114420'>I</span> <span m='114510'>knew</span> <span m='114760'>in</span> <span m='114890'>high</span> <span m='115120'>school</span> <span m='115480'>is</span> <span m='115630'>that</span> <span m='116950'>whatever</span> <span m='119380'>your</span> <span m='119720'>goal is,</span> <span m='120200'>whether</span> <span m='120530'>it</span> <span m='120730'>to</span> <span m='120880'>become</span> <span m='121160'>a</span> <span m='121210'>doctor,</span> <span m='121710'>a</span> <span m='121830'>nurse,</span> <span m='122330'>a dentist,</span> <span m='123170'>I</span> <span m='123340'>would</span> <span m='124660'>recommend</span> <span m='125260'>to</span> <span m='126520'>go</span> <span m='126830'>shadow</span> <span m='127240'>them</span> <span m='127510'>and</span> <span m='127730'>really</span> <span m='128060'>understand</span> <span m='128979'>what</span> <span m='129180'>kind</span> <span m='129320'>of</span> <span m='129440'>work</span> <span m='129740'>they</span> <span m='129930'>do</span> <span m='131130'>before</span> <span m='131790'>you</span> <span m='132300'>enter</span> <span m='132810'>it</span> <span m='133020'>or</span> <span m='133550'>try</span> <span m='133720'>to</span> <span m='133840'>spend</span> <span m='134400'>five</span> <span m='134660'>years</span> <span m='134970'>and</span> <span m='135120'>realize</span> <span m='135820'>that's</span> <span m='136010'>not</span> <span m='136150'>what</span> <span m='136290'>you</span> <span m='136420'>want.</span> <span m='137050'>So</span> <span m='137980'>don't</span> <span m='138380'>go</span> <span m='139710'>to</span> <span m='139790'>see</span> <span m='140060'>the</span> <span m='140190'>office--</span> <span m='140770'>just</span> <span m='141090'>the</span> <span m='141770'>surface</span> <span m='142270'>of</span> <span m='142400'>it.</span> <span m='142550'>Actually</span> <span m='143130'>see</span> <span m='143440'>how</span> <span m='143660'>they</span> <span 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