Residency Living for Prospective Anesthesiologists

Once you complete medical school, you will need to complete residency training. Even though each region and hospital will vary in terms of cultural characteristics, some aspects of residency life will be the same no matter where you go. Therefore, if you are interested in finding out more about this phase of your career, there are some basic things you can keep in mind while searching for an appropriate hospital.

Work Hours and Pay

During your residency, you can expect to work 50 – 60 hours a week, and earn $50,000 to 
$200,000 per year. Typically, your salary will go up based on the number of years that you have completed. Depending on the facility, they may also offer you housing and other benefits that will help compensate for the comparatively low salary made during this time period.

As a resident, you will also be expected to perform “on call” services. For the most part, if you are on call one day, you will have the next day off. In a similar way, you will usually only have to work every other weekend in this capacity.

Duties and Environment

Overall, you will work under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting. Your duties will usually include:

Participating in surgical and other patient care cases.
Taking part in research being conducted at the hospital
On-site and off-site coursework.
Working with simulators and other training aides in order to gain additional experience with managing patient airways and emergency situations that may arise during a procedure.

Your Social Life and Living Arrangements

Most anesthesiology residents find that they have ample free time to pursue a wide range of activities. Among other things, you may want to take part in a wide range of volunteer services, or some other activity that enables you to become part of the local culture. Since your call, work, and class schedules will have a unique characteristic, you should always be mindful of activities that may prevent you from performing at your best.

As a resident anesthesiologist, you will either live in an apartment sponsored by the hospital, or in a building nearby. While you are not required to accept housing offered by the hospital, you will usually find that it is cheaper than housing offered through a different venue. That said, if you happen to have family or friends living nearby, then you might want to make arrangements with them instead.

For the most part, you will find that your residency in anesthesiology will offer as many rewards as it does challenges. During this time, you will have an opportunity to develop your skills as well as gain experience with making a wide range of complex decisions. At the same time, you will also be able to interact with the local community and begin to build your reputation and character as a physician. Even though you may ultimately travel to another region to practice your trade, you are sure to remember these years with a great deal of fondness.

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