I'm not an attending, but I really doubt you have to worry as a med student. I think you're going to have more than enough practice intubating in residency.When did you all really learn to intubate well? I'm a 4th year student going into anesthesia but I'm still struggling with intubating. Probably only successful 1/3 of the time or less so far. I love anesthesia but I'm wondering if there's ever a time I'll actually get to get better at this skill before its too late
Great point. On my last rotation, one of the attendings asked me what my goals for the month were. He let me fumble through an answer and then said, "you're here to figure out if you want to pursue a career in anesthesia. If you're interested and have the aptitude then the rest will fall into place."A resident will graduate with more intubations than they could possibly care to admit. Your ability as a medical student means nothing. Do you enjoy anesthesia, not the mechanical aspects like intubation but the intellectual aspects? Can you see yourself living the lifestyle of an anesthesiologist (long hours, little recognition but truly carrying the pts life/safety in your hands)? Those are the things you need to know. The skills will come, the interest and desire have to be there.