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Anesthetist is a medical practicioner who is trained in the administration of anesthesia to the patient during surgery. To maintain the human body and keep it free from diseases doctors use their knowledge to diagnosis the problem and cure them with medication and if need be then with the help of the surgery. This is the time when the need of a especially skilled doctor known as Anesthesiologist arises.

He/She is the Specialist Doctor responsible to administer anesthetics to a patient undergoing surgical operation according to the nature of operation. It is he who makes the surgical procedure as painless as possible. His duties involve examining the patient to determine his capacity to withstand shock of operation and anesthesia. He/she has huge responsibility and has to be present throughout the operation. This makes him the most important specialist in all kind of major operations.

So there is a good scope for today’s younger generation to make their career in this specialist branch of medical science to claim not only good monetary fortunes but also high respect in the society.

But to be Anesthesiologists requires a lot of hard work, dedication and spirit to sever the society although with some remuneration in lieu of providing its services. Besides one should have discipline, patience, commitment to excel in their respective field and self-confidence. If you have all these qualities in you then your are fit for being a Anesthesiologists  as it is such a field that a mistake of yours can take a precious life and ruing a family’s fortunes.

Eligibility to become a Anesthetist

Anesthesiologist being a specialized medical Professional first require the aspirants to be a general medical professional ie. He/she mush have acquired a basic degree of Medicines like MBBS etc.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

1. Educational Qualification

To be eligible for joining MBBS course one should be 10+2 Class pass with Physics, chemistry and Biology (PCB) as main subjects and for institutions with at least 60% marks.

How to become an Anesthetist?

Step 1

Interested candidate has to appear in an entrance tests conducted by the  various state  and Independent bodies like PMT, taken by Punjab Government and CBSE-PMT( pre medical test) taken by the Central board to admit candidates in various medical institutions attached with it according to the rank of the candidate in the entrance exam.

CBSE PMT, conducted by the CBSE, is a highly-coveted national level entrance exam. It is conducted in two stages, the preliminary and the final exam. The exam is objective type and tests you rigorously in subjects like physics, chemistry and biology. Since negative marking is the rule here, the test is extremely competitive.

Separate test are conducted by some of the highly rated medical institutions like like AIIMS, PGI, GMCH, AFMC Pune etc

These exams are generally held in the month of May-June and consists of Objective type questions on the subject of English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology though number of questions and pattern may vary from test to test.

The results of these exams are generally out by June/July

Step 2

After completing this four  and half years of (MBBS)Degree course in which one has to study (subjects which include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, forensic medicine and toxicology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, community medicine, medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery)and one years and  six months compulsory training one can opt. for some job is private of state run hospitals as junior doctor, go for privates practice after obtaining the necessary affiliation with respective medical councils or go for higher specialised studies in the respective fields.  

Final step to become a Anesthetist

Step 3

Basic medical qualification is followed by an intensive three-year residency program on the technology and medical aspects of anesthesiology. Besides anesthesiology, an anesthesiologist must also study cardiology, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology, and surgery. An anesthesiologist may choose to specialize in a particular field, such as neurosurgical anesthesiology, and undergo additional training in that field.

Fees and Other Expenditures: Although varying from college to college, the total course fee for a basic MBBS degree and the specialized qualification may ranges from anywhere from few thousands at a government college to around Rs 20 lakhs and even higher in private institutes.

Anesthetist Career Prospects

There is a lot of scope for Anesthetist in the present scenario. Apart from joining a private or government hospital as a  trainee, younger anesthetist can find lucrative placements with huge salaries in corporate hospitals.

Anesthetist Salary

With starting salary anywhere between Rs.15,000 to Rs Rs.25,000 depending upon the competence of the individual anesthestist. There is a lot of money in private practice as well and it only gets better for candidates as they win the trust of the patients and Doctors and the goodwill is spread by word of mouth to attract more assignments in the clinics.

A couple of years  dedicated work and some experience along with a masters degree could lead a doctor to a pay package of nearly Rs.1,00,000 lakhs per month  There is no upper ceiling to the earnings of a competent and capable anesthesiologist. One can also be a visiting anesthesiologist at several hospitals and charge by the hour.

  Page updated on : 25-May-2012  | Total page views : 4558


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