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preparing for interviews

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by gentamicin, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. gentamicin

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    hi all,

    i was just wondering how you guys prepare for your anesthesia interviews. is it common for interviewers to ask you clinical questions to test your knowledge? is it even worthwhile to spend some time reading about anesthesia to prepare for interviews?
     
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  3. adleyinga

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    Not common
     
  4. Idiopathic

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    In 4 interviews so far, I havent been asked a single clinical question about anesthesia re: plans or problems. Ive been asked some basic questions (abuse potential, suicide rate) and then some questions about my interest, but nothing really difficult (yet...)

    I just try to read up about each program so I have something to bring up at the interview when asked "why our program?".
     
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    I got the "how would you handle stress in the OR" question. What do you say??? I've thankfully never been on a dangerous case. I was on one case (a possible emergent C-sxn) but thankfully it went okay. The interviewer then warned me about the high drug abuse rates among anesthesiologists. I was thinking that I should discuss the whole how I have a well-balanced life, outside hobbies and support from love ones, but I'm not sure if that was what he wanted to hear.
     
  6. mich12580

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    So,
    in 1 out of the 7 interviews that I have done, the interviewer
    saw that I worked for the dept of ob anes at my school.
    coincidentally, he was the head of ob anes at the place
    I was interviewing, so he asked me the teratogenic effects
    of induction agents and opiods, then asked me when I would
    convert a c-section from epidural to general or when to do
    a spinal. it was not a big deal, but it kind of surprised me.
     
  7. QofQuimica

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    I have also been told that anesthesiologists have a greater potential for drug addiction problems than other specialists, although EM docs and psychiatrists are apparently at relatively high risk as well. Do you guys think that anesthesiologists are at higher risk because they're around the drugs and have easy access to them (i.e., the drugs are there, so people are tempted to try them who probably would not become addicts under other circumstances)? Or because the people who go into anesthesiology self-select and tend to have addictive types of personalities (i.e., addicts purposefully choose a career in anesthesiology to get access to drugs)? I've even heard the idea that maybe it's because anesthesiologists are exposed to the drugs inadvertently as an occupational hazard (i.e., the patients are expiring volatile anesthetics that the anesthesiologist then gets exposed to second-hand.) Anyone have thoughts about this?
     
  8. ThinkFast007

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    yah cept the surgeon, or scrub nurse, surgical assistant, surgical resident, and med student all in on the case are ALSO getting exposed to the gas :cool:
     
  9. mich12580

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    On one of my first days on my anes rotation, I was filling the sevo tank
    with the liquid and the seal was not to tight. I ended up spilling a bunch
    on the machine and floor and got a heavy dose of it. It is not very
    pleasant- like I was going to faint, little nausea. I guess it would be desirable
    I suppose if I wanted to pass out, but I don't feel like volatile gases
    are recreationally abused by many. It's mostly opoiods and nitrous oxide.
    So I don't think it's an "incidental" thing. It's probably a curiousity from
    being around drugs and the personality of anes is usually social,
    possibly partier. But you never know I suppose, I heard about some resident
    who abused thiopental of all things...
     
  10. adleyinga

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    NUmber of factors
    1. Best reporting system
    2. Best recognition
    3. Easy access may have more drug than alcohol but if include alcohol as drug other docs may be just as at risk

    BUT IF YOU EVER SERIOUSLY USED DRUGS IN COLLEGE OR MED SCHOOL THAN AVOID ANESTEHSIA LIKE THE PLAGUE- IT YOUR LIFE YOU WILL BE PLAYING WITH
     
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    NUmber of factors
    1. Best reporting system
    2. Best recognition
    3. Easy access may have more drug than alcohol but if include alcohol as drug other docs may be just as at risk

    BUT IF YOU EVER SERIOUSLY USED DRUGS IN COLLEGE OR MED SCHOOL THAN AVOID ANESTEHSIA LIKE THE PLAGUE- IT YOUR LIFE YOU WILL BE PLAYING WITH
     
  12. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting....
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    lol, I'm the biggest square you've ever met. I've never even smoked a cigarrette. :p
     
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    ditto, nor do i have any desire to. :eek:
     
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    I have no real experience yet in OB anesthesiology, but curious if anyone can shed some light on this? :cool:
     
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    that's hilarious
     
  16. Arch Guillotti

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    holy necrobump. shout out to idiopathic.
     
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    Necrobump!
     
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    It's not that hilarious really, when you know about residents who've died from doing this. The ones who survive often have their lives ruined, so not really funny there either.
     
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    Had never heard of this in my life -- literally thought it was a joke. Thank you for setting me straight --- seriously.
     

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