Joan, a doctor in Anesthesiology with a sub-specialty in critical care, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in her field. There will always be sick people who need care, so careers in medicine are wide-open; especially in Anesthesiology, where the demand for quality people continues to grow. It's an exciting specialty, with the potential for terrific work-life balance.
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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