As you may already know, anesthesiology is one of the highest paying occupations within healthcare. So it is not strange that many medical students decide to devote a lot of their time to become an anesthesiologist. But what exactly are they choosing?
Anesthesiologists are mainly responsible for providing pain relief during surgery. They also control patient’s general condition while the surgeon performs his job and during the rehabilitation process. These tasks of anesthesiologists are generally known. However, professionals in this medical specialty also deal with serious chronic pain problems, resuscitation of emergency patients, and consultation of other members of healthcare team.
Anesthesiologists have to study patient’s medical history to predict and avoid any problems that may occur during surgery or make the recovery period longer. In order to accomplish this, anesthesiologist has to choose the least harmful for a patient’s body anesthetic. Great responsibility requires extensive research, as you may guess.
Medical students deciding to become an anesthesiologist can choose a sub-specialization. Anesthesiology includes several fields.
Critical Care Medicine
If you choose this anesthesiology sub-specialty, you will deal with emergency patients. You will work with the critical care team to save the lives of seriously ill or injured patients with dangerous traumas or organ dysfunctions.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
This field presupposes working with dying people in hospices. In most cases those are elderly people who suffer from life-limiting diseases. You will make your best, together with other physicians, to ease your patients’ lot during their last days.
Working in the field of pain medicine anesthesiologists are focused on helping people with acute and chronic pain. It can be caused by different problems, so anesthesiologists have to work in close cooperation with other physicians.
You can guess that choosing this anesthesiology sub-specialty means working with children. Young ones have some peculiarities, so the job of an anesthesiologist becomes more responsible in this field. Moreover, anesthesia can be a frightening thing for a child and his/her parents. Therefore, anesthesiologist must bring not only pain relief, but also emotional comfort to his patients.
A lot of medical specialties besides anesthesiology offer certification in this sub-field. Doctors work to help people who suffer from disorders and disturbances related to sleep and awakening. Sleep Medicine as a sub-specialty of anesthesiology has been approved in 2011.