Becoming an Anesthesiologist

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Becoming an Anesthesiologist

Whether it’s possible or not, being a physician, you take an oath. You take an oath to care for your patient, not to kill them and to do things in the medical world.
An anesthesiologist is a physician who administers pain-killing drugs during surgical procedures. This involves a wide variety of drugs and levels of anesthesia from local numbing to being put totally under for the surgical procedure. Anesthesiologists are a very important part of the surgery team and must work well with their medical co-workers. Some anesthesiologists specialize in pain management instead of traditional surgical anesthesia.

Because an anesthesiologist is a medical doctor, they must complete all of the education and training required of all physicians. This includes completing a four-year college undergraduate degree, a medical degree consisting of a four-year graduate school (M.D. or D.O.) and four more years of residency training. Additional fellowship training is optional. For example, pain management fellowship or additional training in pediatrics. Anesthesiologists must also pass the USMLE, obtain a state medical license in the state where they want to practice, obtain Board Certification in Anesthesiology and maintain a record clear of any criminal history, substance abuse and malpractice claims. If your medical degree is from a school not located in the United States, you must also pass a medical proficiency exam, verification of your medical degree, and possible a language test.

The average income for an anesthesiologist is between $110,000.00 to $400,000 a year depending on experience, location of employment and skill. Additional training leads to higher income. Anesthesiologists who specialize in pain management average approximately $500,000. Income for anesthesiologists depends on case volume, overhead expenses, insurance reimbursements in the area, etc. Anesthesiologists are paid very well, but that comes with a toll...
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