I’m feeling inspired today, so I thought why not write my thoughts down? I just completed my first elective which happened to be ANESTHESIOLOGY. So here goes—anesthesiology is the specialty that was on the top of my list for a future career choice since I started college. I’m a total nerd for cardiac and respiratory physiology, and pharmacology isn’t so bad either when we’re not talking about antibiotics. Before I started the rotation, all I could think about was how scary it would be to find out if the career choice I dreamed of was not all that was cracked up to be. The elective rotation itself is not as demanding as others; however, I think that is a great thing. Why? It allowed me to really build my own schedule and stay for as long as I needed to get the exposure I wanted. We rotated through the various specialties of anesthesia with 1-2 days each in each specialty such as pain management, regional, OB, general, and pediatrics. The last day, we were allowed to choose which specialty we wanted to spend the day with.
Over the course of my two-week elective, I loved every single day and the different things that I saw. The residents and attendings were equally as wonderful. Toward the end of my rotation, I really wanted to make sure I had several opportunities for a successful intubation. I successfully started an IV line, but the intubation part seemed daunting. I felt like if I didn’t succeed at an intubation, then I wouldn’t be cut out for a career in anesthesiology. I set myself up for failure and a poor mindset. I put so much pressure on myself that I didn’t successfully intubate any of my patients. That being said, anesthesia is still at the top of my list. I plan to go in on my own time with a clear head—ready to learn and try again. All of this to say, don’t write something off because you failed at it. Everything comes with practice and time. I hope you’ll consider choosing anesthesiology as one of your electives—you never know, you just might end up loving it!