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Anesthesiology...what's the deal?

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12 years 11 months ago #57584 by Dr. Liz someday
I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the salary of an anesthesiologist. Why are they paid so well? If they work for a hospital, is insurance already taken care of (i.e. is the $200K-$400K take home pay)? It seems like they don't work the crazy hours that other specialists do, too.

I'm not saying this in a critical way - I'm just wondering what they have to do to earn the big bucks!

Liz, TN (mom to 2)

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12 years 11 months ago #57585 by grasshopper
Thats a good point...I have been wondering that myself... :scratchchin:

Do ALL physicions have to pay malpractice insurance out of pocket? Or is that just something private practces do? That is something I have been curious about for a while. Anesthesiologist do seem to carry a lot of risk it seems with such heavy knock-you-out medication like epiderals and such.

I don't know...but I'll stick around to find out!

Cassie<br /><br />Surgery?! What the hell am I thinking...

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12 years 11 months ago #57586 by grasshopper
Ooops!! I totally misspelled PHYSICIANS!! :rotfl:

Cassie<br /><br />Surgery?! What the hell am I thinking...

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12 years 11 months ago #57587 by Cabinbuilder
You have to remember that anesthesia hours are a lot like surgeons hours. All day and can be all night. It's not as brutal since they don't round and don't have an office. However, they take call and many anesthesiologist groups cover more than one hospital. Here where I am the one group covers the 4 major hospitals so they may be working the morning at one place, go to the second for an emergency case and on to the third for other sceduled cases. They all take call depending on how many are in the group since someone has to be available for traumas and people crashing in house.

Not to mention to responsibility of making sure you stay alive on the table while the surgeon is working. That's not so hard when the person is healthy but what about the overweight, diabetic smoker with a bad heart who needs a knee replacement??? They could have an MI on the table, their sugar is probably not controlled so they won't heal and the lungs are already shot from the tobacco. Yikes, :yikes: I wouldn't want that responsibility.


So, the hours usually aren't as bad as most physicians but the days they work are very long and the responsibility is tremendous. I hope that gives you some insight as to the pay.

LECOM Class 2006
Osteopathic Family Practice Resdincy 2009
Locum Tenens: Urgent Care/Rural Medicine.

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12 years 11 months ago #57588 by efex101
Anesthesiology was once described to me as endless hours of routine and boredome puncutated with seconds of anal sphincter puckering intensity :rotfl: .
Their lifestyle is one of the best but it comes with a TON of responsibility. This is specialty is for those individuals who want to keep patient interactions at a minimum (unless you do pain medicine) and prefer their patients while sleeping.

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12 years 11 months ago #57589 by Dr. Liz someday
LOL, efex!

Thanks for the replies all. It's making more sense now. :scratchchin:

Liz, TN (mom to 2)

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