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

Anesthesiologist Assistant




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Job Description

 

Anesthesiologist assistants work directly under the supervision of anesthesiologists, physicians licensed in anesthesia specialty medicine, and in conjunction with the anesthesia care team, to create and implement anesthesia care plans. See the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Duties include the operation of anesthesia equipment to monitor patients while delivering direct anesthesia care.

Anesthesiologist assistants provide direct patient care before, during and after anesthesia to ensure continuity of care and quality.

Other duties may include assisting with life-saving measures, such as CPR and life support.

Anesthesiologist assistants are, as with most health care positions, in high demand and a career choice with a promising future.

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Responsibilities

 

Anesthesiologist assistants function as an extension of the physician and are responsible for performing critical measures to maintain the safety of the patient to ensure an optimal health outcome.

The anesthesiologist assistant’s responsibilities generally include the following:

  • Obtaining complete patient medical histories, conducting physical exams, and pre-procedure interviews.

  • Administering required diagnostic and laboratory tests.

  • Making recommendations regarding anesthetic care plans

  • Administering general and local anesthesia

  • Maintaining anesthesia delivery systems and monitors, including testing and calibration

  • Preparing patients to be effectively monitored

  • Monitoring patients under anesthesia

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Skills

 

Anesthesiologist assistants are required to demonstrate a solid understanding of safety protocols and exemplary communication skills in order to excel as part of the patient treatment team.

They must also demonstrate a mastery of the sciences, particularly those dealing with the human body, and the ability to draw conclusions from data.

They must also possess the ability to think critically, follow directions, and communicate with people of all walks of life.

Anesthesiologist assistants work as part of a team, and as such, must be capable of vigorous collaboration and criticism.

Candidates who are looking to enter the health care industry and prefer to work in a team environment, are patient, great listeners, compassionate, open-minded, and tolerant may want to consider Anesthesiologist Assistant as a serious career path.

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Working Conditions

 

Anesthesiologist assistants work under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist in hospitals and surgery centers.

They generally work in sterile, cool environments and conduct most of it on their feet. AAs are closely managed and directed to avoid potential error, and must follow strict protocols in order to maintain the cleanliness necessary for proper patient care in an operating room.

A typical workweek may include a rotation for on-call, evening or weekend assignments, so flexibility is key to success.  

Offices of health pratitioners

58%

Hospitals; state, local, and private

23%

Outpatient care centers 7%
Government 4%
Educational services; state, local, and private 3%

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
07.18.2018
MAINE COAST Anesthesiologist Full Time Waldo County General Hospital, located along the scenic shores of Penobscot Bay in Belfast, ME, has an opportunity for two fulltime board-certified anesthesiologist to join their talented medical staff....
06.14.2018
Exceptional Anesthesiologist Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible general anesthesiologist to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides coverage for a broad...
06.14.2018
Cardiac Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in cardiac anesthesia to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides...
03.28.2018
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,...
07.18.2018
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...
06.11.2018
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...
03.28.2018
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...
04.12.2018
The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, is seeking highly qualified board certified/eligible anesthesiologists to join the department. A strong interest in research and academia is encouraged. Candidates must be...
07.18.2018
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Reports 2017-18 list of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals, Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one of Americas largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing...
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.
07.16.2018
POSITION SUMMARY: provide support to medical practitioners providing patient care services in an ambulatory setting. Responsibilities include both clinical and administrative duties necessary to provide quality patient care in a medical group...
07.18.2018
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07.18.2018
High school graduate or GED equivalent with average reading, writing and oral communications skills Working knowledge of direct patient care Proof of: Successful completion of Nursing Assistant Program or Medical Assistant Program OR...
05.14.2018
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    MAINE COAST Anesthesiologist Full Time Waldo County General Hospital, located along the scenic shores of Penobscot Bay in Belfast, ME, has an opportunity for two fulltime board-certified anesthesiologist to join their talented medical staff....
  2. Anesthesiologist Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
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  3. Anesthesiologist Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Cardiac Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in cardiac anesthesia to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides...
  4. 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,...
  5. Anesthesiologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  6. 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...
  7. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    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...
  8. Anesthesiologist Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic's Campus in Florida
    The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, is seeking highly qualified board certified/eligible anesthesiologists to join the department. A strong interest in research and academia is encouraged. Candidates must be...
  9. Anesthesiologist Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
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  10. PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa, Department of Anesthesia is actively recruiting faculty for its rapidly growing Pediatric Anesthesia group.
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