What Is an Anesthesiologist?
Anesthesiologists are specially trained physicians that provide anesthesia to patients during surgery or procedures. Anesthesiologists usually work in hospitals but they can work in private practice as well or even in pain management clinics. They also provide epidural medications like the ones used by women in labor.
Anesthesiologists are in high demand and their jobs monitoring anesthesia can sometimes be stress filled. They supervise specially trained nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists, who also provide anesthesia. They obtain pre-operative histories and physical exams before a patient goes into surgery. They ensure that a patient has the proper pain control and anesthesia during their surgery and that their vital signs are stable throughout the procedure.
Anesthesiologists are well compensated for their advanced degrees, skill, and often stressful jobs. Most salaries are above three hundred thousand dollars, and in some areas significantly higher.