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ANESTHESIOLOGIST: Advice To Girls - Be Ambitious, Reach As High As You Can

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Joan, a doctor in Anesthesiology with a sub-specialty in critical care, looks after very ill patients in the intensive care unit. Medicine is a terrific and rewarding career. It's a long road to become a doctor, but after medical school, you do get paid while you're in training. Also, you can choose any college major as long as you fulfill the medical school prerequisites; and in fact, medical schools look for well-rounded students.

Degree: Chemistry - Medicine
Job Title: Anesthesiologist, Critical Care

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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<span m='12740'>car</span> <span m='13060'>accidents</span> <span m='14160'>and</span> <span m='14470'>have</span> <span m='14670'>head</span> <span m='14900'>injuries</span> <span m='15820'>or</span> <span m='16400'>someone</span> <span m='16800'>who's</span> <span m='16980'>had a</span> <span m='17030'>heart</span> <span m='17300'>attack,</span> <span m='17670'>et</span> <span m='17790'>cetera.</span> <span m='18190'>So</span> <span m='18390'>they're</span> <span m='18540'>very</span> <span m='18790'>sick.</span> <span m='19140'>They're</span> <span m='19300'>in</span> <span m='19400'>the</span> <span m='19590'>ICU.</span> <span m='20930'>And</span> <span m='21290'>that's</span> <span m='21620'>a</span> <span m='21710'>sub-specialty</span> <span m='22580'>of</span> <span m='22690'>anesthesiology.</span> </p><p><span m='24310'>You</span> <span m='24450'>need</span> <span m='24700'>an</span> <span m='24860'>undergraduate</span> <span m='25530'>degree</span> <span m='25880'>which</span> <span m='26070'>is</span> <span m='26180'>a</span> <span m='26240'>four</span> <span m='26510'>year</span> <span m='26760'>science</span> <span m='27300'>degree</span> <span m='27650'>usually.</span> <span m='28850'>Then</span> <span m='28980'>you</span> <span m='29050'>go</span> <span m='29180'>to</span> <span m='29290'>medical</span> <span m='29680'>school,</span> <span m='30060'>which</span> <span m='30260'>is</span> <span m='30390'>another</span> <span m='30730'>four</span> <span m='30940'>years.</span> <span m='31230'>That's</span> <span m='31720'>kind</span> <span m='31980'>of</span> <span m='32060'>fun</span> <span m='32339'>because</span> <span m='32619'>you</span> <span m='32740'>know</span> <span m='32900'>you're</span> <span m='33080'>doing</span> <span m='33390'>things</span> <span m='33710'>that</span> <span m='33830'>are</span> <span m='33930'>interesting,</span> <span m='35000'>and</span> <span m='35090'>it's</span> <span m='35310'>related</span> <span m='35850'>to</span> <span m='35920'>what</span> <span m='36090'>you</span> <span m='36180'>want</span> <span m='36320'>to</span> <span m='36360'>be.</span> <span m='37330'>After</span> <span m='37740'>that,</span> <span m='38040'>you</span> <span m='38140'>become</span> <span m='38530'>an</span> <span m='38630'>intern</span> <span m='39100'>and</span> <span m='39240'>a</span> <span m='39300'>resident</span> <span m='40030'>and</span> <span m='40170'>that</span> <span m='40420'>takes</span> <span m='40750'>another</span> <span m='41520'>five</span> <span m='41950'>years.</span> <span m='42410'>So</span> <span m='42520'>that's</span> <span m='42760'>a</span> <span m='42810'>long</span> <span m='43050'>time,</span> <span m='43280'>but</span> <span m='43420'>you're</span> <span m='43520'>being</span> <span m='43780'>paid</span> <span m='44140'>then.</span> <span m='45310'>After</span> <span m='45540'>you</span> <span m='45680'>finish</span> <span m='45960'>medical</span> <span m='46350'>school,</span> <span m='46690'>they</span> <span m='46860'>pay</span> <span m='47110'>you</span> <span m='47350'>to</span> <span m='47430'>be</span> <span m='47610'>an</span> <span m='47720'>intern</span> <span m='48000'>and a</span> <span m='48280'>resident</span> <span m='48605'>and</span> <span m='48930'>a</span> <span m='49220'>fellow.</span> <span m='50690'>So</span> <span m='51040'>it's</span> <span m='51210'>a</span> <span m='51410'>long</span> <span m='51870'>training</span> <span m='52270'>period.</span> <span m='52580'>A</span> <span m='52890'>lot</span> <span m='53110'>of</span> <span m='53190'>fun</span> <span m='53450'>though.</span> <span m='53710'>Good</span> <span m='54010'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='54670'>I</span> <span m='54800'>was</span> <span m='55040'>a</span> <span m='55110'>chemistry</span> <span m='55590'>major,</span> <span m='56040'>but</span> <span m='56620'>people</span> <span m='57230'>can</span> <span m='57390'>go</span> <span m='57550'>to</span> <span m='57630'>medical</span> <span m='57990'>school</span> <span m='58310'>with just</span> <span m='58600'>about</span> <span m='58780'>any</span> <span m='59020'>degree</span> <span m='59400'>as</span> <span m='59540'>long</span> <span m='59790'>as</span> <span m='59930'>they</span> <span m='60140'>have</span> <span m='60920'>the pre-med</span> <span m='62270'>prerequisites,</span> <span m='63440'>which</span> <span m='63640'>is</span> <span m='63790'>chemistry,</span> <span m='64239'>physics,</span> <span m='65000'>math,</span> <span m='65269'>english, and</span> <span m='65500'>a</span> <span m='65690'>few</span> <span m='65940'>things.</span> <span m='66410'>So</span> <span m='67030'>you</span> <span m='67190'>could</span> <span m='67330'>be</span> <span m='67480'>a</span> <span m='67540'>music</span> <span m='67920'>major</span> <span m='68770'>and</span> <span m='68970'>get</span> <span m='69250'>the</span> <span m='69350'>pre-med</span> <span m='69820'>requisites.</span> <span m='70600'>And</span> <span m='71340'>medical</span> <span m='71700'>schools</span> <span m='72070'>like</span> <span m='72370'>people</span> <span m='72730'>that</span> <span m='72880'>are</span> <span m='72950'>well</span> <span m='73220'>rounded</span> <span m='73630'>and have</span> <span m='73960'>done</span> <span m='74180'>differently</span> <span m='74650'>things.</span> <span m='75610'>So</span> <span m='75820'>as</span> <span m='76020'>long</span> <span m='76290'>as</span> <span m='76420'>they</span> <span m='76580'>collect</span> <span m='77030'>along</span> <span m='77350'>the</span> <span m='77420'>way</span> <span m='77700'>the</span> <span m='77860'>five</span> <span m='78260'>courses</span> <span m='78690'>they</span> <span m='78800'>have</span> <span m='79000'>to</span> <span m='79130'>have</span> <span m='79510'>to</span> <span m='79610'>get</span> <span m='79810'>into</span> <span m='79980'>medical</span> <span m='80360'>school,</span> <span m='80640'>it's</span> <span m='80870'>only</span> <span m='81285'>five</span> <span m='81700'>out</span> <span m='82165'>of</span> <span m='82630'>twenty.</span> <span m='84132'>So</span> <span m='84598'>it's not that</span> <span m='85064'>bad.</span> </p><p><span m='85530'>I</span> <span m='85700'>think</span> <span m='86000'>this</span> <span m='86320'>advice</span> <span m='86880'>might</span> <span m='87150'>be</span> <span m='87280'>specifically</span> <span m='87850'>for</span> <span m='88020'>women</span> <span m='89480'>because</span> <span m='89880'>I</span> <span m='89990'>think</span> <span m='90320'>that</span> <span m='90440'>girls</span> <span m='91000'>sometimes</span> <span m='92670'>underestimate</span> <span m='98130'>and</span> <span m='98425'>don't</span> <span m='98720'>perhaps</span> <span m='99330'>always</span> <span m='100530'>reach</span> <span m='100970'>as</span> <span m='101230'>far</span> <span m='101660'>as</span> <span m='101820'>they</span> <span m='101990'>could</span> <span m='102450'>or</span> <span m='102550'>should.</span> <span m='103330'>So</span> <span m='104300'>I</span> <span m='104420'>would</span> <span m='104570'>recommend</span> <span m='105080'>to</span> <span m='105150'>females</span> <span m='106050'>if</span> <span m='106370'>you're</span> <span m='106530'>interested</span> <span m='106970'>in</span> <span m='107120'>medicine,</span> <span m='107730'>don't</span> <span m='108000'>do</span> <span m='108120'>nursing,</span> <span m='108810'>do</span> <span m='108900'>medicine.</span> <span m='109940'>You</span> <span m='110240'>can</span> <span m='110430'>always</span> <span m='110980'>do</span> <span m='111210'>nursing</span> <span m='111700'>if</span> <span m='111830'>medicine</span> <span m='112240'>doesn't</span> <span m='112520'>work</span> <span m='112790'>out,</span> <span m='113040'>but</span> <span m='113260'>you</span> <span m='113380'>can't</span> <span m='113720'>go</span> <span m='113900'>the</span> <span m='114070'>other</span> <span m='114260'>way</span> <span m='114530'>easily</span> <span m='115050'>because</span> <span m='115500'>there's</span> <span m='116450'>some</span> <span m='118140'>perhaps</span> <span m='118670'>prejudices</span> <span m='119490'>on</span> <span m='119700'>the</span> <span m='119810'>doc side.</span> </p><p><span m='120480'>So</span> <span m='120690'>I</span> <span m='120820'>think</span> <span m='121160'>for</span> <span m='121290'>the</span> <span m='121480'>females,</span> <span m='122680'>they</span> <span m='122870'>should</span> <span m='123100'>always</span> <span m='124580'>reach</span> <span m='124910'>toward</span> <span m='125270'>the</span> <span m='125360'>highest</span> <span m='125800'>most</span> <span m='126060'>difficult</span> <span m='126620'>thing,</span> <span m='127460'>and</span> <span m='127630'>the</span> <span m='127700'>fallback</span> <span m='128180'>position</span> <span m='129199'>is</span> <span m='129360'>then</span> <span m='129560'>easier.</span> <span m='130090'>Whereas</span> <span m='130509'>if</span> <span m='130639'>you</span> <span m='130759'>do</span> <span m='131000'>kind</span> <span m='131230'>of the</span> <span m='131330'>easy</span> <span m='131720'>way</span> <span m='132010'>out</span> <span m='132170'>and</span> <span m='132380'>do</span> <span m='132530'>something</span> <span m='132970'>pretty</span> <span m='133310'>easy</span> <span m='133630'>upfront,</span> <span m='134510'>you'll</span> <span m='134680'>have</span> <span m='134820'>to</span> <span m='134950'>make</span> <span m='135190'>it</span> <span m='135300'>up</span> <span m='135520'>later</span> <span m='135920'>because</span> <span m='136010'>you</span> <span m='136080'>have</span> <span m='136340'>to</span> <span m='136430'>work</span> <span m='136660'>harder</span> <span m='137030'>and</span> <span m='137150'>go</span> <span m='137280'>back.</span> <span m='137710'>And</span> <span m='138200'>so</span> <span m='138390'>I</span> <span m='138530'>think</span> <span m='138900'>the</span> <span m='139020'>time</span> <span m='140220'>to</span> <span m='140380'>be</span> <span m='140760'>aggressive</span> <span m='141690'>in</span> <span m='142000'>considering</span> <span m='142670'>careers,</span> <span m='143860'>you</span> <span m='144010'>know</span> <span m='144340'>reach</span> <span m='144730'>as</span> <span m='144960'>high</span> <span m='145170'>as</span> <span m='145260'>you</span> <span m='145380'>can.</span> <span m='145630'>And</span> <span m='145770'>that's</span> <span m='146080'>true</span> <span m='146280'>for</span> <span m='146410'>males</span> <span m='146730'>too,</span> <span m='146890'>but</span> <span m='147080'>I</span> <span m='147150'>think</span> <span m='147380'>boys</span> <span m='148500'>tend</span> <span m='148930'>to</span> <span m='149770'>look</span> <span m='150130'>a</span> <span m='150190'>little</span> <span m='150440'>farther</span> <span m='150890'>than</span> <span m='151110'>females</span> <span m='151610'>a</span> <span m='151730'>times.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297859,"video_id":"2748657375001","name":"1300-Joan-Anesthesiologist1-CriticalCare","duration":153368,"thumbnail_url":null}});