Anesthesiology is a vast topic, and there are many different subspecialties. To be a good anesthesiologist, you should have the basic knowledge of the science of medicine, be licensed to practice as an anesthesiologist and have a sound education that will prepare you for a successful career in the field.
As a speciality, the core element of anesthesiology is the practice of anaesthesia. This comprises the use of various injected and inhaled medications to produce a loss of sensation in patients, making it possible to carry out procedures that would otherwise cause intolerable pain or be technically unfeasible
- Studies in Anesthesiology encompasses
- Intensive care medicine
- Critical emergency medicine
- Pain medicine.
A physician specialised in this field of medicine is called an anesthesiologist, anaesthesiologist or anaesthetist, depending on the country of practising. For your medical school courses, make sure you take the time to find out all there is to know about the science of medicine and about the field of medicine.
- Study anatomy
- Physiology of the nervous system, Pharmacology
- Internal medicine
- Family practice
- Medical ethics, etc.
Most medical students today don’t bother to take this extra course work, so a good medical school will give you credit for completing it. If they don’t, then you’ll need to find another program to attend.
Once you get into medical school, you’ll want to take advanced courses like
- Clinical Anesthesia
These courses will help you learn about anesthesiology. You’ll also want to start taking a specialized course on
- Occupational therapy
- Sports medicine
- Ethics, etc.
There is a general anesthesiology course that can be taken from medical school. The first half of the course teaches you what an anaesthetist does, what an anesthesiologist does, how he or she administers anaesthesia, the basics of anaesthesia, how anesthesiologists control blood pressure, and the names of different types of anaesthetics.
Then the student moves on to the second half of the course, which is more advanced and covers much more than the first half. The advanced course is titled Anesthesia: Knowledge and Skills and will cover all the above topics plus clinical elements of anesthesiology such as
- Physical exams
- Surgical procedures
- Administration of medications.
This class will also teach students how to administer medications and how to monitor patients and help them to relax. The term “internal medicine” is taken by students who have completed a course called Internal Medicine.
In today’s world, anesthesiologists work with all sorts of individuals and situations. They can specialize in different areas like
- Pulmonary/Critical Care
- Critical Care.
They also perform a variety of surgeries including the
Basic Life Support (BLS)
This is a level of medical care which is used for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital. It can be provided by trained medical personnel, such as emergency medical technicians, and by qualified bystanders.
The Basic Life Support Emergency Medical Services in the United States are generally identified with Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic (EMT-B). EMT-B is the highest level of healthcare provider that is limited to the BLS protocol; higher medical functions use some or all of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocols,
This is a modern surgical technique to reduce pain due to smaller incisions, reduce haemorrhaging and shorter recovery time. The key element is the use of a laparoscope, a long fibre optic cable system that allows viewing of the affected area by snaking the cable from a more distant, but more easily accessible location.
Laparoscopic surgery includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities, whereas keyhole surgery performed on the thoracic or chest cavity is called thoracoscopic surgery. The specific surgical instruments used in laparoscopic surgery include obstetrical forceps, scissors, probes, dissectors, hooks, and retractors. Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery belong to the broader field of endoscopy.
This is a surgical procedure involving a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. It is also known as a celiotomy. Depending on incision placement, laparotomy may give access to any abdominal organ or space, and is the first step in any significant diagnostic or therapeutic surgical procedure of these organs
This is the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fibre optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It can provide a visual diagnosis (e.g., ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected colorectal cancer lesions.
Some students decide to take the Combined Clinical Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery class. This combines the two electives in order to complete two clinical rotations, which is a great advantage to students who already have experience. In fact, most people who do this type of combination class, want to specialize in both areas. It gives students lots of flexibility and learning opportunities.
Becoming a Licensed Anesthesiologist is also a real possibility. You can become a
- Licensed Nurse
- Licensed Physician Assistant
- Licensed Midwife
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse
- Licensed Nurse Manager
- Licensed Paramedic
- Licensed Registered Nurse
- Licensed Nurse Consultant
- Licensed Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Technician
- Licensed EMT
- Licensed Social Worker
- Medical Assistant
- Certified Addiction Specialist
- Certified Nutritional Counselor
- Certified Chiropractor
- Certified Sports Psychologist
- Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
- Drug and Alcohol Counselor
- Diagnostic Counselor
- Clinical Psychologist
- Certified Sex Therapist
- Child & Adolescent Psychologist
- Clinical Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Practitioner, Child
- Clinical Nurse Practitioner (CNP). The options are endless!
Anesthesiology is a difficult and challenging field of study, but the rewards of being a practising anesthesiologist are amazing! Anesthesiologists make a difference in everyone’s life with their compassion, commitment, love and service. Being a physician is a tremendous calling and provides a sense of satisfaction that can’t be found anywhere else.
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