Anesthesiology has become an increasingly popular and competitive specialty. There's a lot more to it than "putting patients to sleep." It's highly engaging, requiring a broad range of expertise and clinical knowledge. An anesthesiologist has to be constantly alert to minor change in a patient's status that could mean the difference between life and death. There are also numerous fellowships available for those looking to further specialize their practice.
Anesthesiology has become popular, in part due to the high pay, high job flexibility, and wide variety of options available to fit any practice style.
This field has evolved dramatically since its inception. There are many opportunities for procedures, clinical medicine, and urgent/emergent care.
There are also a number of fellowships available, including pediatric and cardiac anesthesiology, pain management, and OB/GYN.
If you want to go into full-time critical care, this could be a good option for you. Many surgical intensive care units are run by anesthesiologists.
If you like complex problem-solving, the rough-and-tumble world of emergency care, and procedure-oriented practice, anesthesiology might be perfect for you!
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