All About Anetheisiology
By: Chylla Waggoner
What Is It?
Anesthesiologists are doctors who give patients drugs to relieve pain or put them to sleep during medical procedures.
In a typical work setting, anesthesiologists:
Are responsible for the health and safety of patients.
Are regularly exposed to diseases, infections, and contaminants in the hospital.
Must be very certain that all details and tasks of the job are completed accurately. Errors can have painful or even fatal consequences for patients.
May be on-call any hour of the day or night.
Preparation and Training
An anesthesiologist typically needs to:
have a high school diploma or equivalent
have a bachelor’s degree
graduate from medical school
complete an internship
complete a residency program in anesthesiology
pass additional exams to become board certified
Important Skills and Abilities
- Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.
- Use several methods to learn or teach new things.
- Look for ways to help people.
- Change behavior in relation to others’ actions.
- Understand spoken information.
Recommended Core Classes and Electives
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Computer Applications
- Food and Nutrition
- Foreign Language
- Introduction to Health Care
- Safety and First Aid