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ANESTHESIOLOGIST: Didn't Know That Being A Doctor Was An Option Until She Met A Role Model

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Colette is a doctor in Anesthesiology who puts people at ease -- and out of pain -- before, during, and after surgery. Her father was a dental tech and her mom was a nurse, and Colette was also interested in medicine. She didn't realize that becoming a doctor was a career option, however, until she she met one who became her role model. Now she's in a career that she absolutely loves.

Degree: Medicine
Job Title: Anesthesiologist

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.

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Residency/Internship

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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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
Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, People skills, Mathematical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Doctorate
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m='17520'>first</span> <span m='17790'>thing</span> <span m='18040'>we</span> <span m='18400'>do is</span> <span m='18760'>go</span> <span m='18890'>over</span> <span m='19120'>and</span> <span m='19340'>say</span> <span m='19480'>hi</span> <span m='19720'>to</span> <span m='19820'>the</span> <span m='19970'>patient.</span> <span m='21380'>We</span> <span m='21780'>get</span> <span m='22100'>some</span> <span m='22370'>IVs</span> <span m='23010'>in</span> <span m='23180'>them</span> <span m='23530'>so</span> <span m='23690'>that</span> <span m='23870'>we</span> <span m='24070'>can</span> <span m='24300'>give</span> <span m='24510'>them</span> <span m='24760'>some</span> <span m='24940'>medication,</span> <span m='26330'>because</span> <span m='26580'>they</span> <span m='26650'>won't</span> <span m='26860'>be</span> <span m='27010'>able</span> <span m='27180'>to</span> <span m='27250'>swallow</span> <span m='27880'>or</span> <span m='28010'>anything</span> <span m='28410'>like</span> <span m='28620'>that.</span> <span m='29840'>And we</span> <span m='30210'>usually</span> <span m='30740'>will</span> <span m='30950'>do</span> <span m='31130'>some</span> <span m='31370'>blocks</span> <span m='31870'>on</span> <span m='32070'>them,</span> <span m='32759'>like</span> <span m='34400'>something</span> <span m='34900'>to</span> <span m='35050'>relieve</span> <span m='35430'>their</span> <span m='35590'>pain.</span> <span m='35940'>We'll</span> <span m='36080'>get</span> <span m='36250'>that</span> <span m='36470'>started.</span> <span m='37270'>And</span> <span m='37400'>then</span> <span m='37510'>we'll</span> <span m='37660'>bring</span> <span m='37840'>them</span> <span m='38000'>into</span> <span m='38250'>the</span> <span m='38360'>operating</span> <span m='39020'>room</span> <span m='39870'>and</span> <span m='40500'>give</span> <span m='40730'>them</span> <span m='41930'>something</span> <span m='42300'>to</span> <span m='42410'>make</span> <span m='42610'>them</span> <span m='42740'>a</span> <span m='42780'>little</span> <span m='43050'>woozy,</span> <span m='43980'>and</span> <span m='44220'>then</span> <span m='44440'>they'll</span> <span m='44650'>kind</span> <span m='44920'>of</span> <span m='45300'>drift</span> <span m='45630'>off</span> <span m='45770'>to</span> <span m='45950'>sleep.</span> </p><p><span m='46820'>Once</span> <span m='47200'>that</span> <span m='47580'>happens,</span> <span m='48330'>we'll</span> <span m='49440'>take</span> <span m='49740'>over</span> <span m='49900'>their</span> <span m='50100'>breathing</span> <span m='50680'>for</span> <span m='50970'>them,</span> <span m='52240'>and</span> <span m='52890'>we</span> <span m='53390'>take</span> <span m='53710'>care</span> <span m='53880'>of</span> <span m='53940'>their</span> <span m='54110'>pain,</span> <span m='54770'>and</span> <span m='54910'>make</span> <span m='55090'>sure</span> <span m='55260'>they're</span> <span m='55430'>not</span> <span m='55680'>nauseous,</span> <span m='56280'>and</span> <span m='56430'>make</span> <span m='56660'>sure</span> <span m='56830'>they're</span> <span m='57020'>not</span> <span m='57270'>waking</span> <span m='57630'>up.</span> <span m='58800'>And</span> <span m='59610'>at</span> <span m='59780'>the</span> <span m='59910'>end</span> <span m='60070'>of</span> <span m='60130'>the</span> <span m='60230'>surgery</span> <span m='60820'>we</span> <span m='61010'>basically</span> <span m='62070'>turn</span> <span m='62420'>off</span> <span m='62650'>all of our</span> <span m='62920'>medications,</span> <span m='64455'>wake</span> <span m='64800'>the</span> <span m='64950'>patient</span> <span m='65410'>up,</span> <span m='66000'>bring</span> <span m='66250'>them</span> <span m='66450'>to the</span> <span m='66620'>recovery</span> <span m='67160'>room,</span> <span m='67630'>and</span> <span m='67780'>then</span> <span m='67970'>we</span> <span m='68120'>say,</span> <span m='68870'>hey</span> <span m='69240'>are you</span> <span m='69490'>in</span> <span m='69790'>pain?</span> <span m='70400'>Are</span> <span m='70490'>you</span> <span m='70810'>nauseous?</span> <span m='71065'>Did</span> <span m='71320'>everything</span> <span m='71680'>go</span> <span m='71900'>great?</span> <span m='73900'>That's</span> <span m='74290'>what</span> <span m='74440'>I</span> <span m='74540'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='75710'>How</span> <span m='75890'>I</span> <span m='75990'>got</span> <span m='76270'>here</span> <span m='76600'>is</span> <span m='77240'>my</span> <span m='77710'>father</span> <span m='78120'>is</span> <span m='78550'>a</span> <span m='78860'>dental</span> <span m='79170'>tech.</span> <span m='80180'>He</span> <span m='80360'>makes</span> <span m='80960'>all</span> <span m='81170'>the</span> <span m='81430'>bridges</span> <span m='82070'>and</span> <span m='82390'>extra</span> <span m='82850'>special</span> <span m='83390'>dental</span> <span m='83840'>things</span> <span m='84210'>that</span> <span m='84340'>you</span> <span m='84450'>put</span> <span m='84640'>in your</span> <span m='84740'>mouth.</span> <span m='85670'>And</span> <span m='86100'>my</span> <span m='86230'>mother</span> <span m='86560'>was</span> <span m='86810'>a</span> <span m='86890'>nurse.</span> <span m='87680'>So</span> <span m='88180'>I</span> <span m='88300'>was</span> <span m='88510'>always</span> <span m='88980'>sort</span> <span m='89180'>of</span> <span m='89350'>interested</span> <span m='90160'>in</span> <span m='90320'>becoming</span> <span m='90790'>a</span> <span m='90850'>doctor,</span> <span m='91430'>but</span> <span m='91980'>I</span> <span m='92220'>had</span> <span m='92680'>never</span> <span m='93110'>seen</span> <span m='93420'>a</span> <span m='93500'>doctor</span> <span m='94420'>that</span> <span m='94600'>looked</span> <span m='94830'>like</span> <span m='95020'>me,</span> <span m='95710'>so</span> <span m='96080'>I</span> <span m='96390'>didn't</span> <span m='96830'>think</span> <span m='97080'>it</span> <span m='97200'>was</span> <span m='97520'>an</span> <span m='97650'>option</span> <span m='98120'>for</span> <span m='98280'>me.</span> <span m='99050'>Until</span> <span m='100160'>I</span> <span m='100250'>was</span> <span m='100450'>probably</span> <span m='100820'>about</span> <span m='101520'>12</span> <span m='102290'>when</span> <span m='102590'>I</span> <span m='102650'>went</span> <span m='102890'>to</span> <span m='103030'>the</span> <span m='103160'>doctor,</span> <span m='103810'>and</span> <span m='104020'>then</span> <span m='104230'>I</span> <span m='104490'>saw</span> <span m='104730'>a</span> <span m='104940'>doctor</span> <span m='105370'>that</span> <span m='105540'>looked</span> <span m='105750'>like</span> <span m='105960'>me.</span> <span m='106320'>And</span> <span m='106680'>I</span> <span m='107040'>thought,</span> <span m='107290'>wow,</span> <span m='108500'>I</span> <span m='108940'>think</span> <span m='109130'>I</span> <span m='109200'>could</span> <span m='109400'>do it.</span> <span m='109550'>If</span> <span m='109895'>she can</span> <span m='110240'>do</span> <span m='110460'>it,</span> <span m='110690'>I</span> <span m='111183'>could do it.</span> </p><p><span m='112170'>So</span> <span m='114110'>I</span> <span m='114180'>finished up</span> <span m='114680'>high</span> <span m='114870'>school.</span> <span m='115590'>I</span> <span m='115690'>did</span> <span m='115940'>some</span> <span m='116150'>candy</span> <span m='116570'>striping,</span> <span m='117260'>that's</span> <span m='117530'>when</span> <span m='117710'>you</span> <span m='117820'>wear</span> <span m='118050'>a</span> <span m='118490'>cute</span> <span m='118700'>little outfit</span> <span m='118960'>and you</span> <span m='119070'>go</span> <span m='119270'>in</span> <span m='119360'>the</span> <span m='119430'>hospital</span> <span m='120260'>and</span> <span m='120640'>you</span> <span m='120780'>visit</span> <span m='121640'>the</span> <span m='121740'>patients,</span> <span m='122500'>a</span> <span m='122610'>lot</span> <span m='122810'>of</span> <span m='122950'>older</span> <span m='123280'>people,</span> <span m='124290'>and</span> <span m='125290'>you</span> <span m='125720'>talk</span> <span m='126050'>to</span> <span m='126210'>them</span> <span m='126580'>and</span> <span m='126700'>spend</span> <span m='126990'>time</span> <span m='127190'>with</span> <span m='127330'>them</span> <span m='127550'>and</span> <span m='127690'>sell</span> <span m='127900'>them</span> <span m='128180'>chocolate</span> <span m='128520'>bars</span> <span m='128910'>and</span> <span m='129310'>magazines</span> <span m='129900'>and</span> <span m='130020'>things</span> <span m='130259'>like</span> <span m='130479'>that.</span> <span m='131130'>And</span> <span m='131310'>I</span> <span m='131380'>thought,</span> <span m='132080'>well</span> <span m='132340'>I</span> <span m='132420'>didn't</span> <span m='132640'>like</span> <span m='132810'>the</span> <span m='132880'>smell</span> <span m='133180'>of</span> <span m='133250'>the</span> <span m='133330'>hospital</span> <span m='133970'>but</span> <span m='134860'>I</span> <span m='134980'>liked</span> <span m='135240'>everything</span> <span m='135680'>else</span> <span m='135880'>that</span> <span m='136010'>was</span> <span m='136200'>going</span> <span m='136480'>on</span> <span m='136660'>because</span> <span m='136860'>I</span> <span m='136940'>really</span> <span m='137310'>liked</span> <span m='137680'>interacting</span> <span m='138250'>with</span> <span m='138390'>the</span> <span m='138460'>patient.</span> <span m='139300'>So</span> <span m='139640'>then</span> <span m='140140'>I</span> <span m='140290'>went</span> <span m='140630'>to</span> <span m='141140'>college--</span> <span m='142120'>actually</span> <span m='142230'>I</span> <span m='142320'>went</span> <span m='142530'>to</span> <span m='142640'>City</span> <span m='142890'>College</span> <span m='143310'>in</span> <span m='143400'>New</span> <span m='143480'>York--</span> <span m='144640'>and</span> <span m='144970'>I</span> <span m='145040'>did</span> <span m='145230'>a</span> <span m='145290'>special</span> <span m='145670'>program</span> <span m='146170'>there</span> <span m='146560'>where</span> <span m='146980'>you</span> <span m='147150'>got</span> <span m='147400'>to</span> <span m='147500'>do</span> <span m='147720'>research</span> <span m='148270'>with</span> <span m='148490'>homeless</span> <span m='148980'>patients.</span> <span m='149880'>So</span> <span m='150320'>you</span> <span m='150910'>got</span> <span m='151110'>to</span> <span m='151230'>go</span> <span m='151480'>into</span> <span m='151910'>their</span> <span m='152170'>homes</span> <span m='152770'>and</span> <span m='152900'>find</span> <span m='153170'>out</span> <span m='153300'>why</span> <span m='153500'>they</span> <span m='153650'>became</span> <span m='154110'>homeless</span> <span m='154930'>and</span> <span m='155510'>just</span> <span m='155800'>a</span> <span m='155870'>lot</span> <span m='156110'>of</span> <span m='156190'>things</span> <span m='156450'>like</span> <span m='156630'>that.</span> <span m='156950'>It</span> <span m='157160'>was</span> <span m='157480'>very,</span> <span m='157870'>very</span> <span m='158190'>interesting.</span> <span m='159390'>And</span> <span m='160140'>then</span> <span m='160360'>I</span> <span m='160430'>went</span> <span m='160750'>off</span> <span m='161060'>to</span> <span m='161450'>medical</span> <span m='161810'>school,</span> <span m='162330'>and</span> <span m='162470'>I</span> <span m='162530'>spent</span> <span m='162940'>four</span> <span m='163150'>years</span> <span m='163470'>in</span> <span m='163550'>medical</span> <span m='163900'>school.</span> <span m='164940'>After</span> <span m='165700'>medical</span> <span m='166040'>school</span> <span m='166640'>I</span> <span m='167100'>did</span> <span m='168020'>a</span> <span m='168150'>year</span> <span m='168510'>of</span> <span m='168670'>internal</span> <span m='169100'>medicine</span> <span m='169435'>in</span> <span m='169770'>Manhattan,</span> <span m='171230'>and</span> <span m='171360'>that's</span> <span m='171670'>when</span> <span m='172060'>you</span> <span m='172220'>just</span> <span m='172560'>kind</span> <span m='172700'>of</span> <span m='172780'>do</span> <span m='172990'>a</span> <span m='173400'>potpourri</span> <span m='173810'>of sort</span> <span m='174010'>of</span> <span m='174110'>everything</span> <span m='174590'>involved</span> <span m='175000'>in</span> <span m='175120'>medicine</span> <span m='175640'>so</span> <span m='175760'>you</span> <span m='175850'>get</span> <span m='176390'>a</span> <span m='176440'>good</span> <span m='176850'>background</span> <span m='177660'>of</span> <span m='177860'>what</span> <span m='178040'>you</span> <span m='178170'>want</span> <span m='178420'>to</span> <span m='178780'>go</span> <span m='178920'>into.</span> <span m='179790'>And</span> <span m='179940'>then</span> <span m='180150'>I</span> <span m='180230'>went</span> <span m='180860'>to</span> <span m='181090'>anesthesia</span> <span m='181920'>for</span> <span m='182150'>three</span> <span m='182580'>years.</span> <span m='183778'>And</span> <span m='184246'>then,</span> <span m='185650'>If</span> <span m='185790'>that</span> <span m='186040'>wasn't</span> <span m='186410'>enough,</span> <span m='187460'>I</span> <span m='187590'>decided</span> <span m='188170'>to</span> <span m='188280'>specialize</span> <span m='188990'>in</span> <span m='189190'>pain</span> <span m='189570'>management.</span> <span m='190280'>So</span> <span m='190440'>that's</span> <span m='190720'>sort</span> <span m='190970'>of</span> <span m='191080'>like</span> <span m='191690'>an</span> <span m='191930'>extra</span> <span m='192450'>year</span> <span m='193230'>to</span> <span m='193340'>do</span> <span m='193490'>a</span> <span m='193580'>little</span> <span m='193990'>extra</span> <span m='194810'>studying</span> <span m='195770'>in</span> <span m='196570'>a</span> <span m='196610'>special</span> <span m='197070'>field</span> <span m='197490'>that</span> <span m='197730'>deals</span> <span m='197970'>specifically</span> <span m='199000'>with</span> <span m='199230'>patient's</span> <span m='199790'>pain.</span> <span m='200690'>And</span> <span m='201730'>that's</span> <span m='202070'>my</span> <span m='202210'>story.</span> </p><p><span m='202660'>What</span> <span m='203370'>I</span> <span m='203430'>wish</span> <span m='203680'>I</span> <span m='203770'>knew</span> <span m='204500'>when</span> <span m='204840'>I</span> <span m='204980'>was</span> <span m='205180'>younger</span> <span m='205950'>is</span> <span m='206320'>that,</span> <span m='208200'>well</span> <span m='208300'>basically</span> <span m='208830'>what</span> <span m='208970'>happened</span> <span m='209290'>was</span> <span m='209490'>my</span> <span m='209660'>guidance</span> <span m='210200'>counselor</span> <span m='210930'>told</span> <span m='211320'>me</span> <span m='211760'>that</span> <span m='212120'>being</span> <span m='212360'>a</span> <span m='212410'>doctor</span> <span m='212820'>wasn't</span> <span m='213200'>for</span> <span m='213320'>me.</span> <span m='214110'>That</span> <span m='214520'>I</span> <span m='214680'>should</span> <span m='214910'>be</span> <span m='215230'>a</span> <span m='215280'>nurse.</span> <span m='216340'>And</span> <span m='217210'>I</span> <span m='217630'>was</span> <span m='217880'>very</span> <span m='218140'>depressed</span> <span m='218710'>that</span> <span m='218930'>day,</span> <span m='219440'>and</span> <span m='219620'>I</span> <span m='219680'>went</span> <span m='219940'>home</span> <span m='220140'>and</span> <span m='220250'>cried.</span> <span m='220980'>And</span> <span m='221140'>my</span> <span m='221250'>mother,</span> <span m='221620'>who</span> <span m='221710'>was</span> <span m='221980'>a</span> <span m='222240'>nurse,</span> <span m='222410'>said,</span> <span m='222690'>don't</span> <span m='223360'>worry,</span> <span m='223910'>don't</span> <span m='224180'>listen</span> <span m='224530'>to</span> <span m='224660'>that</span> <span m='225220'>stupid</span> <span m='225440'>guidance</span> <span m='226010'>counselor.</span> <span m='227630'>And</span> <span m='227850'>I'm</span> <span m='227960'>glad</span> <span m='228370'>I</span> <span m='228450'>didn't</span> <span m='229450'>because</span> <span m='231450'>it</span> <span m='231640'>took</span> <span m='231820'>awhile,</span> <span m='232220'>and</span> <span m='232330'>it</span> <span m='232390'>was</span> <span m='232560'>a</span> <span m='232620'>lot</span> <span m='232910'>of</span> <span m='233070'>work,</span> <span m='233550'>but</span> <span m='233870'>in</span> <span m='234100'>the</span> <span m='234380'>end</span> <span m='234740'>I</span> <span m='234950'>got</span> <span m='235220'>to</span> <span m='235330'>do</span> <span m='235590'>what</span> <span m='235740'>I</span> <span m='235870'>really</span> <span m='236330'>love</span> <span m='236530'>to</span> <span m='236650'>do</span> <span m='236900'>and</span> <span m='237020'>this</span> <span m='237230'>is</span> <span m='237400'>truly</span> <span m='237760'>my</span> <span m='237920'>passion.</span> <span m='238820'>And</span> <span m='239040'>I</span> <span m='239110'>get</span> <span m='239310'>up</span> <span m='239440'>every</span> <span m='239690'>day</span> <span m='240010'>and</span> <span m='240170'>I'm</span> <span m='240300'>just</span> <span m='240530'>so</span> <span m='241070'>glad</span> <span m='241530'>that</span> <span m='241650'>I</span> <span m='241740'>really</span> <span m='242050'>get</span> <span m='242780'>the</span> <span m='243110'>opportunity</span> <span m='245060'>to</span> <span m='245140'>help</span> <span m='245420'>patients</span> <span m='246050'>through</span> <span m='246260'>a</span> <span m='246350'>really</span> <span m='247530'>scary</span> <span m='248010'>and</span> <span m='248290'>unsure</span> <span m='248600'>time</span> <span m='249010'>in</span> <span m='249100'>their</span> <span m='249280'>lives.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297857,"video_id":"2748412541001","name":"1293-Colette-Anesthesiologist1","duration":250939,"thumbnail_url":null}});