Becoming An Anesthesiologist
If you are thinking about becoming an anesthesiologist then one of the first things you need to know is that it is going to take a lot of hard studying. And even after you have fulfilled all the requirements and obtained the proper certification to become an anesthesiologist, you are still going to have to continuously study to stay abreast of new techniques, procedures and whatnot that govern the field of anesthesiology.
On top of that you are going to have to be an individual who is capable of laser-like focus on the task at hand. You will have to be prepared to work very long shifts and sometimes even at odd times of day or night since you may be on emergency call so to speak. But, becoming an anesthesiologist does provide you with a career that has a lot of job security, provided you do your job well and it is also a field in which you are paid quite nicely.
An anesthesiologist’s job requires that you be able to attend to and maintain a patient’s vital signs and functions throughout the entire surgical procedure. It is safe to say that when becoming an anesthesiologist you will be performing tasks in which a patient’s life is literally in your hands. Because of the importance of this job it will require a whole lot of study and training in order to qualify.
You are in fact looking at about 12 years total if becoming an anesthesiologist is your goal. 4 years will be spent on an undergraduate degree, then another 4 on your medical one and finally 4 years of residency or postgraduate training. However, when you take into account the importance of this particular job it is clearly understandable why it takes so long. If a person does not have what it takes it will most certainly come out during those 12 years.
And even then, after you have become qualified to become an anesthesiologist you will have to decide what particular type you will want to specialize in. This could be the traditional surgical route, pain management, pediatrics and a whole host of other specialties. Sometimes you will have to decide before you even start working actively as an anesthesiologist and in other instances you may start out in surgery and work your way into another area.
Becoming an anesthesiologist, for those who are qualified and have the grit and determination to work long hours and odd shifts as needed is a very fulfilling life experience. Successful anesthesiologists enjoy great satisfaction knowing they are helping the medical community on both ends; the practitioner as well as patient side.