Anesthesiologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Anesthesiologist

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Job Description

 

Anesthesiologists are an important part of the surgical team. Without them, surgeries would be very interesting--and a lot more painful.  

One of the biggest duties of an anesthesiologist is to administer anesthetics to people undergoing surgery.

It requires great knowledge and experience to deliver local or general anesthesia, and the anesthesiologist takes on great responsibility to ensure their tasks are done to the best of their ability. 

Anesthesiologists basically inject a mix of medicines into a patient which slows down the body system to a near-death level and blocks the pain signals from the brain.

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Responsibilities

 

Becoming an anesthesiologist involves a ton of practice and schooling. You can either become a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) to be an anesthesiologist.

The two paths have different responsibilities;  a M.D. can administer anesthetic during operations while D.O.s specialize in holistic care and preventative medicine. 

An anesthesiologist with a M.D. is mostly involved in various surgical treatments. Their responsibilities include:

  • Making assessments of person’s response to an anesthetic. They must study a person's medical history and identify any allergies or intolerances to certain medications or chemicals. 

  • Monitoring patient’s condition during the operation. They must check vital signs and make sure the patient does well during and after anesthesia. 

  • Taking care of a patient during the post-surgery process.

An anesthesiologist with D.O. qualification involves quite different duties. Their responsibilities are related to the work outside the operating room, and include:

  • Taking care of the patients in the Intensive Care Unit

  • Treating patients with severe chronic diseases

  • Being present during labor and delivery

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about any issues that arise during surgery and be able to correspond with surgeons and doctors to ensure patient safety.

Assessing

Assesssing patient to make sure they are responding well to anesthesia and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Operation Monitoring

Must be able to monitor gauges, dials, and other indicators to make sure machinery is working properly to ensure patient safety.

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Working Conditions 

 

The majority of anesthesiologists work in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. Other opportunities may exist in private and group practices, urgent care centers, academic medical centers, and the military.

As with most other physicians, anesthesiologists work long and hectic hours, with nearly one third working 60 hours a week or more.

They work in environments that can see trauma patients, critical care, and other uneasy situations. It is a demanding job with a lot on the line.

Your work areas will mostly be filled with florescent lighting, cold floors, and sanitized medical equipment. You must stand for long hours and be able to fill demand as it arises. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
09.06.2017
The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota is seeking an Anesthesiologist to join our practice. Mayo Clinic Health System links Mayo Clinics respected expertise in patient care,...
02.23.2018
ANESTHESIA Practice Profile Member of Franklin Community Health Network Candidate: Board certified/eligible in anesthesia. Practice Profile: Franklin Anesthesia is a Franklin Memorial Hospital based and owned practice located...
09.26.2017
The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Physician to join a Department of six full-time Anesthesiologists. Practice Description: The physician will...
07.24.2017
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking highly qualified anesthesiologists interested in joining the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The Department includes over 160 anesthesiologists who practice in a care team...
12.01.2014
The University of Iowa, Department of Anesthesia is actively recruiting faculty for its rapidly growing Pediatric Anesthesia group.
03.01.2016
The Department of Anesthesia is seeking Anesthesiologists with interest and expertise in several important clinical areas including: ambulatory, cardiovascular/thoracic, obstetrical, neurosurgical, pediatric, regional and/or transplant anesthesia.
02.23.2018
Works under the supervision of the Manager of Anesthesia Support. Assists Anesthesiologist and CRNA's in the preparation and maintenance of all anesthesia monitoring devices and anesthesia delivery systems. Assists in the management of equipment...
02.23.2018
- MA RN License Required - Pediatric experience preferred At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they can receive specialized care in a...
02.13.2018
Under the leadership of the supervising or medically directing physician, the CRNA is an active member of the Anesthesia team that delivers professional services and support that is consistent with the strategic vision, goals, philosophy and...
01.05.2018
BSN required / MSN preferred Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently seeking a FT CRNA for Spartanburg Medical Center. The CRNA will be responsible for performing functions necessary to administer anesthesia under the direct...
01.05.2018
CRNA license required CRNA Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently seeking a FT CRNA for Spartanburg Medical Center. The CRNA will be responsible for performing functions necessary to administer anesthesia under the direct...
12.19.2017
BSN required / MSN preferred Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently seeking a FT CRNA for Spartanburg Medical Center. The CRNA will be responsible for performing functions necessary to administer anesthesia under the direct...
05.11.2017
Responds to the anesthetic needs of patients and coordinates their care with other perioperative personnel during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. Administers anesthesia services to patients for medical and surgical...
07.13.2017
Responds to the anesthetic needs of patients and coordinates their care with other perioperative personnel during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. Administers anesthesia services to patients for medical and surgical...
08.18.2017
Responds to the anesthetic needs of patients and coordinates their care with other perioperative personnel during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. Administers anesthesia services to patients for medical and surgical...
  1. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota is seeking an Anesthesiologist to join our practice. Mayo Clinic Health System links Mayo Clinics respected expertise in patient care,...
  2. Anesthesiologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  3. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Physician to join a Department of six full-time Anesthesiologists. Practice Description: The physician will...
  4. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
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    Under the leadership of the supervising or medically directing physician, the CRNA is an active member of the Anesthesia team that delivers professional services and support that is consistent with the strategic vision, goals, philosophy and...
  10. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    BSN required / MSN preferred Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently seeking a FT CRNA for Spartanburg Medical Center. The CRNA will be responsible for performing functions necessary to administer anesthesia under the direct...
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    CRNA license required CRNA Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently seeking a FT CRNA for Spartanburg Medical Center. The CRNA will be responsible for performing functions necessary to administer anesthesia under the direct...
  12. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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