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An Anesthesiologist plans and prepares the anesthetic for patients and cares for them before, during, and after their procedure. During the procedure they monitor the patients blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and level of consciousness. Anesthesiologist also adjust the anesthesia medications to make sure the procedure is safe and pain free. After surgery, an anesthesiologist continues to make sure that the patients recovers from the pain medication after the surgery. Anesthesiologists can specialize in control of both acute and chronic pain and can be involved in caring for terminally ill patients. To become an Anesthesiologist you need to complete 4 years of college to earn an undergraduate degree and then attend 4 years of medical school and earn a Doctor of Medicine degree. If you were to complete your medical degree at the Michigan State University School of Human Medicine Then you must complete a 4 years of residency training in an accredited program. The median yearly earnings in 2000 of an Anesthesiologist was $210,000.

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