By: Sophia Thibert

What does an Anesthesiologist do?

Anesthesiologists are responsible for the safety of the patients before, during and after the surgery. Once you have entered the operating room the anesthesiologist won’t leave your sight until you are safe and stable and the anesthesia is working. During surgery, anesthesiologists measure your blood pressure, heart rhythm, the amount of oxygen in your blood as well as your level of consciousness. Also, the anesthesiologist keeps the patient asleep or unconscious during surgery by using a few or several anesthetic drugs. If a patient during surgery undergoes a problem, the anesthesiologist is the one to correct the problem. After the surgery, the anesthesiologist goes to check on the patient to see if the anesthesia has worn off and they decide when the patient is ready to move out of the recovery room.

Why I chose this career

I chose this career because my dad is an Anesthesiologist and because this interests me. Also, I liked the fact that this job is dealing with people and helping them through it. You get to work with them before, after and during the surgery so you can tell them everything that happened and what will in the future.

Experience/Skills needed

The skills needed in this career is being able to work and deal with people that are bleeding and vomiting. Also, they need to know how to work quickly while being under pressure.

Education Needed

Before even collage, someone wanting to be an anesthesiologist needs to take certain math and science courses that will help them in the future. All anesthesiologist need to take a four-year undergraduate program as well as four years of medical school which comes after college graduation. Upon graduation from medical school, the anesthesiologist is required to spend three more years in a residency program. Lastly, you need at least a Bachelor's degree in order to be an anesthesiologist.

Pictures of the Anesthesiologist at work

What branch of science does this career fall under?

This career falls under the Life Science Branch because the anesthesiologist is always working with people. They go through many years and programs in order to know all about the human body, diseases, how to perform a surgery and much more. Everyday they come to work they are surrounded by people and working with them making this job fall under the category of Life Science.

Something I found interesting

Something I found interesting about this career was that they get to watch each surgery while performing and watching certain things (blood pressure, heart rate, etc.). Also, I liked that they get to be with the patient before, during and after the surgery. Last, I found it very cool that a hospital couldn't run without an anesthesiologist.