The Unique Demands of Being an Anaesthesiologist

  • 03 November, 2018

The life of a medical student starts with carefully choosing a school major and goes on to handling rigorous MCAT training in the weekends / weekdays, accommodating lucrative volunteer programs and finally entering into the preferred medical school.

While admission into the medical school is often considered as the ultimate event in the life of a student, there is another crucial decision to make that will determine the course of a student's career in the long run - the choice of medical speciality.

Most students talk about specialities like radiology, paediatrics, cardiology, gynaecology, dermatology and oncology. However, it is a fact that the truly unique area of anaesthesiology is yet to make it to the list of the most preferred areas of medical practice.

The reason behind the trend is neither the lack of demand for anaesthesiologists nor the complexity of the profession but the need to embrace some unique features of the practice.

The Unique Demands of Being an Anaesthesiologist

What does it take to be a successful anaesthesiologist?

Anaesthetists may not spend 40 hours a week sitting in a clinic, talking to patients and scheduling surgeries. But they offer acute care that demands different set of abilities to survive. Read on to find out what they are,

1. Great team player: The anaesthesia care team is made of both physicians as well as non physicians. The physician anaesthesiologist must play along with other members in order to provide optimal care for patients.

2. Good sense of humour: Co-existing with surgeons in the same room for hours may not be an easy task. It takes grace, confidence and a hands down approach to cope up with the environment.

3. Fantastic communicator: An anaesthesiologist has less than 15 minutes to interact with his / her patients. His ability to cajole them into an intense conversation during this short time span and make the patients feel comfortable and confident before the surgery counts.

4. Enjoy playing with gadgets: Modern medical technology has imposed the use of computerized patient monitoring system on anaesthesiologists. Therefore, it is important for an anaesthetists to know the gadget he / she is going to use, extremely well.

5. Alert and available always: Emergency surgeries could be scheduled at any time of the day or night. The need for an anaesthetist may take place in the early hours of the morning or even on Christmas day! Anaesthesiologists must be present well before the scheduled time to get the surgical procedure organized.

To be a good anaesthesiologist you need to love the operation theatre and deal with unconscious patients. As an anaesthesiologist you may not prescribe medicines or diagnose conditions but you have an exciting job of controlling a patient's breath and blood circulation!

Can physician anaesthesiologists be replaced by nurse anaesthetists?

Can a physician anaesthesiologist who has strived hard with MCAT training in the weekends / weekdays, participated in leadership programs, completed residency and undergone multiple hours of clinical training be replaced by a nurse anaesthetic? The answer is NO!

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