Just finished my week of anesthesiology, and I have to say, there is a lot more going on behind the drape than I had thought. All those beeps and blips and careful titration of meds. There is a lot of medicine in anesthesia, by which I mean a lot of monitoring and thinking and pathophys and pharm — in other words, all we do on the floors. Frankly, that’s a lot more exciting that whatever is going on on the surgical field.
This is a great part of the fun of third year: discovering the way your personality clicks with the culture of the specialty.