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Also known as:
Anaesthesiologist, Anesthesiologist, Anesthetist, Attending Anesthesiologist, Obstetrical Anesthesiologist, Staff Anesthetist
For centuries, surgery was often an agonizing experience. Through advances in medicine, anesthesiologists are able to make operations virtually pain-free. Except in emergencies, the anesthesiologist usually meets with the patient prior to the surgery. The doctor will ask about the patient's medical ...
history and explain the type of anesthesia that will be used, as well as possible side effects.
Before the operation begins, the doctor administers the anesthesia and checks to see that it's taking effect. The anesthesiologist monitors the patient's vital signs - heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing. The amount of anesthesia may need to be continually adjusted to ensure the patient is properly sedated.
It's a mentally demanding, high-pressure job. The patient's life is in this doctor's hands. Most work is in operating rooms at hospitals or surgical outpatient centers. They may also handle pain management in intensive care units and during labor and delivery. Hours can be long and irregular. Even after the surgery is completed, anesthesiologists continue to watch over patients, ensuring they come out of the anesthesia successfully.
Anesthesiologists train longer than many other physicians. In addition to medical school and basic residency training, anesthesiologists need one or two additional years of residency in their specialty. Millions of operations are performed each year. Many of them just wouldn't be possible without the knowledge and expertise of anesthesiologists.
Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Provide medical care and consultation in many settings, prescribing medication and treatment and referring patients for surgery.
Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
Manage anesthesiological services, coordinating them with other medical activities and formulating plans and procedures.
Inform students and staff of types and methods of anesthesia administration, signs of complications, and emergency methods to counteract reactions.
Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
Diagnose illnesses, using examinations, tests, and reports.
Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Assisting and Caring for Others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.