27 October 2016
Anesthesiologists are physicians who administer and determine what type of anesthetic treatment is to be used for the patient prior to surgery, as well as positioning the patient on the operating table in a manner that will be helpful to the surgery. Following strict medical guidelines, the anesthesiologist takes into account the patient’s current health, any medications they are taking, and the type of surgery that is being performed. While the surgery is taking place, the anesthesiologist monitors the patient’s critical life functions to make sure no complications arise. After the surgery is over, the patient’s well-being has to be monitored as the anesthetic wears …show more content…
Prospective anesthesiologists must complete a four-year bachelor’s degree before attending medical school. After the bachelor’s degree, an anesthesiologist needs a professional degree as an M.D., doctor of medicine, or D.O., doctor of osteopathy (Anesthesiologist). After the medical degree, anesthesiologists must complete a residency in anesthesiology to become specialists. Anesthesiologists generally complete a one-year general internship along with three additional years as residents in anesthesiology (Anesthesiologist).
SALARY AND LOCATION Anesthesiologists are some of the highest paying physician specialists in the field of medicine. Salaries vary greatly by geographic region, type of facility, and the number of years in practice (Farnen). “Anesthesiologists earn, on average, a salary of approximately $300,000 annually, and can expect to earn upwards of $450,000 with experience (Farnen).” There are many jobs available for an Anesthesiologist, however, there are not that many in Southwest Virginia. The top paying states for an Anesthesiologists are South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, and Minnesota (“Anesthesiologist” U.S. …show more content…
Anesthesiologists that work at a hospital may end up working 8 to 24 hour shifts depending on the needs of the hospital. Since hospitals are open 24/7 Anesthesiologists may work any time of the day or night and can end up working 40-50 hours or more per week. On the other hand, Anesthesiologists that work at a doctor’s office or in a clinic may only work during business operating hours. Such as working 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday (“General Information on Anesthesiologists”). Anesthesiologists that work extended hours may be required to work more because of a shortage at the hospital, an employee that had to call in sick, an unexpected emergency or for a number of other reasons. Anesthesiologist may also work additional hours voluntarily in order to collect more overtime and pay or to accumulate more vacation/sick time of the health care organization they work for allows nurses to earn additional days based on hours