A Career in Anaesthetics

Updated: May 19, 2019

Dr Marilyn

The Melanin Medics Blog Series showcasing black Medical Professionals in various Medical Specialties. Sharing their journeys, challenges and life lessons. #RepresentationMatters. This week we're featuring an Anaesthetist!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career journey so far

My name is Marilyn and I am an anaesthetic CT2 currently working in Lister Hospital, Stevenage. I trained at St George’s University of London, intercalated at Kings College London and graduated in 2014.

After foundation training, I took a year and half F3 exploring a career in anaesthetics, travelling and volunteering in Africa.

Why did you choose this Specialty?

Physiology always interested me at medical school, and I was draw in by the acute applied physiology that is the basis of anaesthetics.

Although many people tend to get a warped view of anaesthetists sitting around drinking coffee all day (we do some days!), it is a very varied and dynamic speciality. Anaesthetists are all over the hospital from theatres to intensive care, maternity to ED resus and even paediatrics. There are many possibilities with a career in anaesthetics depending on your interests. I have colleagues who do their 9-5 in the NHS and weekends retrieving patients from all over the world or part time with more free time to enjoy with their children. The possibilities are vast!

During your time in Medical School, did you enjoy this specialty?

I went to medical school with the intention of becoming a paediatrician. Although every encounter with a ‘cool’ doctor swayed my decision. In the space of 3 years I went from neurosurgery to cardiology to emergency medicine and back to paediatrics. I geared my CV towards paediatrics and chose to do a student selected component in the paediatric intensive care.

The paediatric intensive care was my first real encounter with anaesthetists and from there my interest in anaesthesia grew.  I really enjoyed my anaesthesia and ITU rotation in final year. All the anaesthetists were really nice, seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs and were just all-round cool people!

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