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    ANESTHESIA RESIDENCY???????????????

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    anyone know about anesthesia or their residencies? i hear a lot of talk about FM or IM and how impossible it is to do Ortho or Derm.
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    ortho/Derm

    Both ortho and derm are very difficult to get. They usually accept the cream of the crop from the US schools. Exceedingly rare that an IMG can get one of these coveted spots. If you have very good board scores, then you may have a shot, but I wouldn't count on it.

    Anesthesia is a residency that requires a preliminary year, you can do IM, surg, or transitional. After that I don't recall is it is 3 or 4 years. I guess I could easily look it up, but I'm too lazy. It is fairly IMG friendly. G
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    anesthesia cycle

    Anesthesiology is a three year program following the completion of a preliminary/transitional year. It's been growing in popularity recently because of its lifestyle. Despite the long hours, there's a lot of downtime, very little charting needed, no office/clinic appointments, and usually the malpractice is taken care of by the hospital that employs the anesthesiologist. It's been a relatively easy one to get for FMGs, but recently, it's been enjoying a surge of popularity, so it may be more difficult now. Good luck.

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    thanks

    thanks for the posts. i hope by the time i get out anesthesia is still IMG friendly. i love the fact that in anesthesia the patients are sleeping
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    yeh

    but can you wake them up, thats the problem
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    yeh

    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFrie
    but can you wake them up, thats the problem
    thas a good point. I actually watched an Anasthesiolgist and you have to be on top of things and make sure everything is perfect. It is sometimes scary to know that you have the patient's life in your hands all the time during surgery. I also hear the Malpractice insurance is crazzzy high. but other than that it is very respectable and verrry rewarding financially. good luck

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    Insurance

    Yes, insurance is quite high. It is ugly. Pay is good, and call can be good or bad depending on the practice you are in.

    Lots of money, ESPECIALLY if you get into pain management. People love pain management. Percocet and Oxycontin keep them coming back. Lots of anesthesiologists do accupuncture and nerve blocks etc. Good stuff in terms of financial rewards. G
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    Waking up....

    I was a lot of fun for my anesthesiologist in January.
    I have this interesting condition called "Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep." What it means, specifically to me, is that the more I relax, the more my left thigh (or sometimes my right) contracts. They gave me muscle relaxant, which caused me to relax, and my leg to contract more. They had to keep giving me more and more muscle relaxant until it stopped.

    Yep--that anesthesiologist (or maybe CRNA) had my life in their hands.

    It took me 2 1/2 hours to wake up in recovery (should have been, I think, somewhere between 1/2 hour to 1 hour).

    Yep--anesthesiologists definitely hold your life in their hands--they paralyze you (docs correct me if I'm wrong) using succinyl choline.
    (aka "muscle relaxant"). The anesthesiologist has to breath for you.

    By the way--do muscle relaxants just work on skeletal muscle?

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    Not hard....

    I know anesthesia is not that hard of a residency to get into this days. A lot of residency spots have gone unfilled this past couple of years.

    In any case, I was told by a Medical student that the reason he ended up not deciding on anesthesia for a residency was because of the uncertainty that the future has for doctors in this field. He said that in a couple of years, fewer anesthesiologists will have jobs, while CRNA's will be everywhere. CRNA's are soon becoming the new PA's for Anesthesiologists, thus, hospitals will have a couple of CRNA's to one anesthesiologist, even private firms are doing that now.

    Anyways, good luck, I am sure you will not have to worry about getting a spot when you apply for residencies. I do advise, to make sure this is the field you want to go into, and if you do, do a fellowship after residency.

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