I've been shadowing a few anesthesiologists lately and really digging the specialty, so don't take this post as trying to start any kind of animosity between surgery and anesthesia. Anesthesia is a lot more interesting after taking the basic sciences classes. Is it because of malpractice premiums that anesthesiologists make more than many surgeons (except perhaps ortho, CT, and neuro)? Why does gen surg get such a short stick? What's the reimbursement fee structure like for anesthesiology? How are you paid? Is there a global period? Is private practice anesthesia viable post-Obamacare?