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Anesthesiologist

Administer anesthesia to patients to relieve pain, facilitate surgeries, and monitor life support.

What does an Anesthesiologist do?

Medical doctors who specialize in administering anesthesia to patients and observe their progress before, during, and after surgical procedures are essential to the healthcare industry.

During organized medical operations, anesthesiologists monitor and are aware of the patient’s medical history and condition, and administer anesthesia while watching for adverse side effects. While preparing patients for emergency surgeries, it is imperative for you to have organized life support and oxygen management help.

Prior to surgery, an anesthesiologist studies patient history for any complications and uses diagnostic tests to identify any risks possible during a surgical or medical procedure. You register the type and quantity of anesthesia and check the state of the patient during the course of the operation. You also follow up during post-operative care for any adverse reactions.

A four-year undergraduate course followed by four years in medical school is usually required to become an anesthesiologist. You also need good communication skills, dexterity, attention to detail, and the flexibility to work in stressful environments.