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The 4 Things That You Must Know In Order To Become An Anesthesiologist

October 12 2016 - An anesthesiologist is a specialist physician who has received advanced training in anesthesia and perioperative medicine - that is the standard definition as per Wikipedia. They provide medical care to patients in a wide number of situations, usually in emergencies, and are therefore a critical element of any surgical team. They design a plan that is tailored to cater for the specific needs of each individual patient.

The planning is quite intensive and the method involves managing the airways, intraoperative life support, pain control and management, stabilization and the proper post-operation management of the patient. The anesthesiologist areas of operation include within the hospital operating rooms, pre-hospital emergency care, ICU, and acute and chronic pain units. Therefore, this particular healthcare provider is a much sought-after professional and their scarcity means that they earn an average of USD $258,100 per year, which translates to a mean hourly wage of USD $124, according to the bureau of labor and statistics.

As the physicians responsible for administering general and local anesthesia, they are at the very top of the medical billing scale with the USNews ranking this as the best paying job in the entire USA. Let us, without further ado, delve into the training that one must receive in order for you to qualify as an anesthesiologist.

  • High School - For starters, this being a top career in healthcare, you must start planning for it early on in life and the best place to make this decision is while you are still in high school. While in high school, you need to concentrate on advanced science classes in chemistry and biology. Additionally, volunteering in a nearby hospital will also give you invaluable firsthand exposure on how things are really done in a hospital.
  • Undergraduate - As an undergraduate interested in a career in healthcare, you must complete the liberal arts requirements but you must also plan a pre-med course of study. The pre-med curricula includes calculus, organic and general chemistry, biology and physics. The essence of this is that you must finish your 4-year undergraduate degree before you become eligible to join medical school. A good primer would be to read all about it using the internet as your primary research tool.
  • Medical School - Post the 4-year undergraduate studies from which you earn a bachelor's degree, you are then set to embark on your 4-year degree course at medical school. This will lead you to a degree in medicine (M.D) or Osteopathy (D.O). The program is designed to rotate the student through the various areas of medicine and the training overlaps with many of the areas of general medicine.
  • Residency-Post Graduate-After the 4-year medical degree, you must complete four more years in anesthesiology residency. This typically involves taking an additional year in of study or fellowship in as specific area of the discipline such as critical care medicine, pain medicine or research. The remaining three years of residency are for board certification eligibility.
Author Bio

Marcel Joseph, M.D, is a qualified anesthesiologist of 21 years standing. He is also a trained medical informatics professional of long standing. With an MBA in Health Informatics, he has developed innovative medical billing solutions that are in use throughout the USA.

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