So here I am, a third year trying to figure out the rest of my life. I just finished my surgery rotation which was a little unique for med students, I spent it at a largely outpatient surgery center attached to a community hospital and worked directly with a non-academic attending. He was amazing to work with, and so were his two partners. They were actually nice, normal people and made me realize that not all surgeons are complete a-holes. Anyway, he had one day off per week which gave me the opportunity to hang out with the anesthesia group and I realized that I really enjoyed what they do. -Phys/Pharm were my favorite and strongest subjects in the 1st two years, and I also enjoyed pathophys. -I enjoy the procedures, though I haven't been successful with any of my 4 intubation attempts but can place IV's pretty deftly but haven't had an opportunity to place art lines, spinals, epidurals, shoulder blocks, etc. -I also enjoy the brief but meaningful patient interactions. My questions, and I searched other similar threads but couldn't find it, is that b/c this was mostly outpatient (though they did perform higher risk procedures like thoracotomies on ASA 2-3 patients) and the risk for surgical complication was low so I never saw any complications requiring anesthesia intervention, I am unsure how I would do in an emergent situation, and this is my only reservation to anesthesia. I think this fear is mostly b/c of lack of experience and knowledge, which I would get in residency, but are these situations something you folks felt fearful of managing prior to residency...and if so: 1)Did you become more comfortable with this? 2)Is the fear good and you just learned how to manage it during residency as your knowledge with these situations expands? 3)Lastly, are procedures just a repetition thing? I hope I'm not a complete Oaf if I haven't had a successful intubation yet. I plan on getting an anesthesia advisor within a few months and will ask him/her these questions as well, but wanted to bounce these off everyone in this forum as well. Thanks to the responders and I appreciate any anecdotes you all have regarding this as well! Also, if there is a thread that I missed regarding this, I apologize for repeating questions and if someone could post the link that would be great!