I'm only an MS-3, also quite interested in anesthesia. Reading the previous 2 posts has been like deja vu from my own thoughts. The one thing that I hadn't experienced though, granted maybe due to my lack of experience, is the difference in respect that pts give to the surgeon vs the anesthesiologist (the "glorification" of the surgeon). I really got the impression that patients felt very close to the anesthesia MD, mostly b/c that's the last person they see before they go to sleep and the first person they see when they wake up. Many times, they don't even SEE the surgeon during the procedure. I absolutely LOVED making that rapport with the patients.
Also, anesthesia can get a lot of "glory" when rescuing a coding patient, no?
I also just finished my neuro rotation, which I surprisingly very much enjoyed. Like others here said, though, I dislike clinic, although my experience in neuro clinic has been more interesting than in other types of clinics. The one major reason I don't want to do neuro is that although making the dx is so interesting, there's often not too much you can do about it--just watch and wait. . .wait for the pt to either miraculously get better, or watch them die. I experienced both situations, and the latter is an awful, awful experience.
With codes, at least you're DOING things to help the patient, even if pt doesn't ultimately make it.