MSIII here, trying to get some much needed advise /info. Anesthesia has always been my NUMBER ONE. Had everything I wanted in a medical profession, respect, knowledge, $, no rounding, job security (I know I know, nurses are taken over the world .but I call BS on that), lifestyle, etc. However, seeing as how Im going through some of the other medical specialties as a 3rd year, Ive begun to second-guess myself. This isnt because anesthesia is any less appealing tome, I just realized that there are some really cool specialties out there also. Im debating between anesthesia and ortho now. I would appreciate any help/advice you could give me about your life as an anesthesiologist now. Within the next year I have to make the decisions that will affect the REST OF MY LIFE, and I need to make a truly informed decision. Im sure many of you remember the days when you had this decision to make. I would just like some input from the residents/attending/retired anesthesiologists out there. 1.. .What other career choices did you consider before anesthesia? 2.. .Why did you eventually choose anesthesia over the above ? 3.. .What is the best part about your practice? 4.. .What makes you get up everyday and go to your job? 5.. .Is the money what you expected? (shallow maybe, but every medical student thinks about it) Again, thanks to everyone. I look forward to my third year and finding my way.