An anesthesiologist (also called anaesthesiologist or anaesthetist) is a physician who administers anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures. The core element of the specialty is the study and use of anesthesia and anesthetics to safely support a patient's vital functions through the perioperative period.
I went to college for four years and then medical school. After medical school, I did an anesthesiology residency, which was an additional four years.
Your first multiple years of training, or work after training, be in a challenging environment (so basically hospital work or academics).
People coming out of training try to find a cush job in medicine or a job where they don't have to take call, which tend to be outpatient jobs in medicine, not hospital based. And I think this can be a mistake because those are the years of high learning and there's nothing like experience.
I'm the anesthesiologist at our reproductive health clinic, putting people to sleep primarily for egg retrievals and other reproductive surgeries that they need.
Couple concerns I do have about my job is I have a contract with the facility and it's a contract to provide all the anesthesia services that they need. So I'm 100% responsible 365 days a year. I have a group of people that can back me up and I can try to get days off to go on vacation or a weekend off to go out of town, but if nobody can cover for me, then I can't. So this is quite a big responsibility.
I'm really happy at my job. I love the people I work with. Now I get to help young healthy people have babies, which is really rewarding.