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Become An Anesthesiologist

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Working As An Anesthesiologist

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $290,193

    Average Salary

What Does An Anesthesiologist Do

An Anesthesiologist is a physician who administers anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures. They are responsible for preventing and supervising the vital functions of patients during surgical procedures.

How To Become An Anesthesiologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Anesthesiologist Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    53.0%
  • Female

    42.6%
  • Unknown

    4.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    66.6%
  • Asian

    13.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.8%
  • Unknown

    5.9%
  • Black or African American

    1.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    33.3%
  • French

    8.3%
  • Turkish

    5.6%
  • German

    5.6%
  • Japanese

    5.6%
  • Gujarati

    5.6%
  • Hindi

    5.6%
  • Russian

    5.6%
  • Arabic

    5.6%
  • Norwegian

    2.8%
  • Chinese

    2.8%
  • Greek

    2.8%
  • Azerbaijani

    2.8%
  • Urdu

    2.8%
  • Korean

    2.8%
  • Italian

    2.8%
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Real Anesthesiologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Anesthesiologist Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL Jan 02, 2016 $443,500
Anesthesiologist Evangelical Medical Services Organization Lewisburg, PA Aug 26, 2016 $432,000
Anesthesiologist Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Anchorage, AK Oct 21, 2016 $426,047
Pediatric Anesthesiologist Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Anchorage, AK Oct 15, 2015 $426,047
Anesthesiologist MCH Professional Care Odessa, TX Feb 07, 2016 $425,000
Anesthesiologist Marietta Health Care Physicians, Inc. Marietta, OH Jan 07, 2016 $420,000
Anesthesiologist Marietta Health Care Physicians, Inc. Marietta, OH Jul 01, 2015 $420,000
Anesthesiologist Marietta Health Care Physicians, Inc. Marietta, OH Aug 01, 2016 $420,000
Anesthesiologist Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL Jan 02, 2016 $403,998
Anesthesiologist Trinity Health Minot, ND Aug 18, 2015 $400,000
Anesthesiologist Trinity Health Minot, ND Jul 30, 2016 $400,000
Anesthesiologist Evangelical Medical Services Organization Lewisburg, PA Jan 09, 2016 $400,000
Anesthesiologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 01, 2015 $393,500
Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Jan 29, 2015 $347,500
Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Jan 28, 2015 $347,500
Cardiac Anesthesiologist Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic Lebanon, NH Jan 07, 2016 $340,000
Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Jan 30, 2015 $340,000
Anesthesiologist Guthrie Medical Group P.C. Sayre, PA Aug 05, 2015 $335,000 -
$400,000
Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Jan 28, 2015 $330,000
Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Aug 18, 2016 $330,000
Cardiac and Transplant Anesthesiologist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Jan 07, 2016 $328,500
Anesthesiologist Bay Anesthesia Associates, LLC Dover, DE Jan 08, 2016 $290,000
Anesthesiologist Newbridge Inc., LLC La Plata, MD Aug 30, 2016 $285,000
Anesthesiologist The Medical College of Georgia Physicians Practice Group Foundation Augusta, GA Jul 01, 2015 $285,000
Anesthesiologist Anesthesia Associates of York York, PA Aug 07, 2015 $275,000
Anesthesiologist Guthrie Medical Group, P.C. Sayre, PA Feb 03, 2015 $275,000 -
$400,000
Anesthesiologist Associates In Anesthesia Inc. Upland, PA Apr 13, 2016 $275,000
Anesthesiologist Associates In Anesthesia, Inc. Chester, PA Apr 08, 2015 $275,000

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Top Skills for An Anesthesiologist

GeneralSurgeryAnesthesiologyAcutePainManagementCrnaSurgeonsSurgicalProceduresGeneral/RegionalAnesthesiaPainMedicineGeneralHospitalTraumaVitalSignsChronicPainOBIVIntensiveCareUnitNerveBlocksMedicalHistoryPatientCareThoracicSuite

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Top Anesthesiologist Skills

  1. General Surgery
  2. Anesthesiology
  3. Acute Pain Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Acquired knowledge about anesthesiology and learned about heart surgeries from the point of view of the assistant surgeon.
  • Assisted CRNA with creating and submitting their notes to the Anesthesiologist for review and sign off.
  • Coordinate with surgeons or physicians in administering anesthesia before any surgical operation to determine effective anesthetic or sedation method.
  • Provided general and regional anesthesia for inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, including Obstetric and minor Pediatric cases.
  • Provided general/regional anesthesia and monitoring.

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