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ANESTHESIOLOGY DOCTOR/TEACHER: Studied International Relations, Volunteered In Violence Prevention

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Vivek is an Anesthesiologist and a critical care physician at a university hospital in New York City. Most of his time is spent teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He avoided the sciences in college to focus on other interests, and these well-rounded experiences sharpened his communication, teaching, and people-skills. His advice: try not to obsess about grades; just always do the best that you can and you will succeed.

Degree: Medicine - International Relations
Job Title: Anesthesiology Doctor/Teacher

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='11860'>really</span> <span m='12180'>large</span> <span m='12520'>university.</span> </p><p><span m='14250'>Most</span> <span m='14530'>of</span> <span m='14580'>my</span> <span m='14730'>time</span> <span m='15030'>is</span> <span m='15190'>spent</span> <span m='15430'>teaching.</span> <span m='16340'>I</span> <span m='16460'>teach</span> <span m='16700'>medical</span> <span m='17010'>students,</span> <span m='17460'>I</span> <span m='17540'>teach</span> <span m='17750'>residents,</span> <span m='18420'>I</span> <span m='18670'>teach</span> <span m='20050'>a</span> <span m='20120'>group</span> <span m='20310'>of</span> <span m='20460'>people</span> <span m='20750'>called</span> <span m='20980'>fellows--</span> <span m='21295'>who</span> <span m='21610'>are</span> <span m='21840'>advanced</span> <span m='22390'>residents,</span> <span m='22870'>essentially.</span> <span m='24100'>And</span> <span m='25070'>I</span> <span m='25160'>love</span> <span m='25370'>my</span> <span m='25530'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='26480'>My</span> <span m='26630'>typical</span> <span m='26980'>day</span> <span m='27080'>actually</span> <span m='27350'>starts</span> <span m='27670'>around</span> <span m='27920'>7:00</span> <span m='28240'>in</span> <span m='28300'>the</span> <span m='28350'>morning</span> <span m='28800'>when</span> <span m='28970'>I'm</span> <span m='29120'>in</span> <span m='29200'>the</span> <span m='29290'>hospital.</span> <span m='29880'>And</span> <span m='30000'>I</span> <span m='30080'>finish,</span> <span m='30960'>on</span> <span m='31060'>an</span> <span m='31170'>early</span> <span m='31460'>day,</span> <span m='31650'>around</span> <span m='31960'>4:00</span> <span m='32250'>in</span> <span m='32299'>the</span> <span m='32400'>afternoon.</span> <span m='33450'>And</span> <span m='34230'>I</span> <span m='34300'>probably</span> <span m='34760'>work</span> <span m='35220'>one</span> <span m='35450'>weekend</span> <span m='35980'>out</span> <span m='36120'>of</span> <span m='36180'>the</span> <span m='36280'>month.</span> <span m='37460'>I</span> <span m='37570'>have</span> <span m='37700'>a</span> <span m='37760'>pretty</span> <span m='38020'>fast-paced</span> <span m='38710'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='39610'>And</span> <span m='39900'>in</span> <span m='40000'>anesthesia,</span> <span m='40540'>they</span> <span m='40690'>often</span> <span m='40960'>say</span> <span m='41160'>that</span> <span m='41380'>it's</span> <span m='41570'>99%</span> <span m='42480'>boredom</span> <span m='42930'>and</span> <span m='43020'>1%</span> <span m='43590'>sheer</span> <span m='43850'>terror.</span> <span m='44590'>It's</span> <span m='44690'>probably</span> <span m='45350'>not</span> <span m='45560'>entirely</span> <span m='46000'>accurate,</span> <span m='46520'>but</span> <span m='46870'>I</span> <span m='46930'>sort</span> <span m='47200'>of</span> <span m='47350'>like</span> <span m='47820'>the</span> <span m='48140'>quick</span> <span m='48370'>decision</span> <span m='48760'>making</span> <span m='49100'>that's</span> <span m='49290'>part</span> <span m='49480'>of</span> <span m='49810'>my</span> <span m='49930'>practice.</span> </p><p><span m='51160'>After</span> <span m='51500'>high</span> <span m='51620'>school,</span> <span m='51940'>I</span> <span m='52010'>went</span> <span m='52300'>to</span> <span m='52700'>college.</span> <span m='53160'>And</span> <span m='53270'>I</span> <span m='53300'>actually</span> <span m='53760'>got</span> <span m='53930'>a</span> <span m='53980'>major in</span> <span m='54330'>international</span> <span m='54950'>relations.</span> <span m='55670'>At</span> <span m='55760'>that</span> <span m='55920'>time,</span> <span m='56190'>I</span> <span m='56260'>had</span> <span m='56460'>some</span> <span m='56890'>idea</span> <span m='57300'>that</span> <span m='57430'>I</span> <span m='57480'>wanted</span> <span m='57800'>to</span> <span m='57890'>be</span> <span m='58020'>a</span> <span m='58070'>doctor.</span> <span m='58540'>But</span> <span m='58680'>I</span> <span m='58730'>wanted</span> <span m='59070'>to</span> <span m='59240'>make</span> <span m='59460'>sure</span> <span m='59690'>I</span> <span m='59740'>gave</span> <span m='60020'>my</span> <span m='60170'>chance</span> <span m='60590'>to</span> <span m='60670'>experience</span> <span m='61270'>another</span> <span m='61560'>field.</span> <span m='63110'>So</span> <span m='63350'>I</span> <span m='63910'>chose</span> <span m='64200'>to</span> <span m='64349'>avoid</span> <span m='64680'>the</span> <span m='64760'>sciences.</span> <span m='65570'>I</span> <span m='66050'>got</span> <span m='66240'>my</span> <span m='66350'>degree</span> <span m='66590'>in</span> <span m='66670'>international</span> <span m='67320'>relations.</span> </p><p><span m='67830'>And</span> <span m='68420'>it's</span> <span m='68840'>interesting,</span> <span m='69300'>because</span> <span m='69590'>a</span> <span m='69670'>lot</span> <span m='69900'>of</span> <span m='69990'>what</span> <span m='70130'>I</span> <span m='70210'>learned</span> <span m='70710'>in</span> <span m='70800'>that</span> <span m='70970'>degree</span> <span m='71990'>in</span> <span m='72120'>terms</span> <span m='72400'>of</span> <span m='72460'>negotiating</span> <span m='73330'>and</span> <span m='73570'>talking</span> <span m='73970'>to</span> <span m='74070'>people</span> <span m='74920'>has</span> <span m='75100'>become</span> <span m='75370'>incredibly</span> <span m='75890'>useful</span> <span m='76520'>in</span> <span m='76580'>my</span> <span m='76700'>practice.</span> <span m='77340'>Because</span> <span m='77450'>a</span> <span m='77500'>lot</span> <span m='77720'>of</span> <span m='77790'>medicine</span> <span m='78300'>is</span> <span m='78400'>about</span> <span m='78620'>getting</span> <span m='78850'>everyone</span> <span m='79320'>to</span> <span m='79430'>buy</span> <span m='80190'>into</span> <span m='80410'>your</span> <span m='80530'>message.</span> </p><p><span m='81660'>After</span> <span m='82000'>I</span> <span m='82210'>went</span> <span m='82510'>to</span> <span m='82750'>college</span> <span m='83080'>for</span> <span m='83180'>four</span> <span m='83390'>years,</span> <span m='83790'>I</span> <span m='84250'>went</span> <span m='84590'>to</span> <span m='84760'>medical</span> <span m='85060'>school</span> <span m='85380'>for</span> <span m='85590'>another</span> <span m='85840'>four</span> <span m='86070'>years.</span> <span m='86520'>And</span> <span m='87030'>in</span> <span m='87200'>between</span> <span m='87490'>that</span> <span m='87630'>time,</span> <span m='87850'>I</span> <span m='87930'>actually</span> <span m='88100'>took a</span> <span m='88280'>year</span> <span m='88490'>off</span> <span m='88650'>to</span> <span m='88870'>volunteer.</span> <span m='89860'>I</span> <span m='89910'>drove</span> <span m='90200'>around</span> <span m='90420'>the</span> <span m='90500'>country</span> <span m='90980'>and</span> <span m='91460'>participated</span> <span m='91980'>in</span> <span m='92160'>dating</span> <span m='92470'>violence</span> <span m='92950'>and</span> <span m='94310'>date</span> <span m='94510'>rape</span> <span m='94700'>prevention</span> <span m='95120'>programs.</span> </p><p><span m='96350'>And</span> <span m='96540'>then</span> <span m='96770'>after</span> <span m='97330'>medical</span> <span m='97680'>school,</span> <span m='98250'>I</span> <span m='98380'>started</span> <span m='98750'>residency.</span> <span m='99560'>And</span> <span m='99690'>my</span> <span m='99800'>residency</span> <span m='100420'>was</span> <span m='100650'>for</span> <span m='100750'>four</span> <span m='101030'>years</span> <span m='101390'>in</span> <span m='101490'>anesthesiology.</span> <span m='102790'>And</span> <span m='102960'>then</span> <span m='103080'>I</span> <span m='103140'>did</span> <span m='103290'>a</span> <span m='103330'>fellowship</span> <span m='103910'>in</span> <span m='104070'>critical</span> <span m='104410'>care</span> <span m='104870'>for</span> <span m='104990'>one</span> <span m='105160'>year.</span> </p><p><span m='106030'>What</span> <span m='106140'>I</span> <span m='106230'>wish</span> <span m='106520'>I</span> <span m='106600'>knew</span> <span m='106860'>when</span> <span m='107020'>I</span> <span m='107100'>was</span> <span m='107310'>younger.</span> <span m='108240'>I</span> <span m='108330'>think</span> <span m='108570'>grades</span> <span m='109000'>are</span> <span m='109110'>incredibly</span> <span m='109610'>important</span> <span m='110020'>in</span> <span m='110110'>school,</span> <span m='110630'>and</span> <span m='111290'>I</span> <span m='111380'>think</span> <span m='112270'>that</span> <span m='112670'>you</span> <span m='112840'>can</span> <span m='112980'>take</span> <span m='113190'>that</span> <span m='113380'>too</span> <span m='113540'>far</span> <span 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