We sat down with Dr. Muhammad Yaseen, an anesthesiologist at Woodstock Hospital, to learn a little more about what he does and why he chose anesthesiology. Continue reading to learn more about Dr. Yaseen.

1.What does an anaesthesiologist do?

An anesthesiologist is part of the operating room team who assists in providing a safe and pain free sleep for the patient to have surgery and keep them comfortable during recovery and control the pain to a decent level for recovery while in hospital.

2. What does a typical work day look like for you?

The day starts at 7am and I have to get my workstation ready before the patient comes in around 7:30am. Once one surgery is over, I get ready for the next patient and so on and so forth until the last patient or 5pm which ever comes first.

3. What inspired you to go into medicine?

I liked biology as a subject and it intrigued me to know more and more which lead me to medicine. I studied in a British format of education and went to medical school after 12th grade. 

4. Did you always know you wanted to be an anaesthesiologist, or when did you settle on it?

Anesthesiology was accidental as I was offered a medical officer position in department of anesthesia in a big and reputable hospital because they needed personnel and provided additional training for the position. It interested me to try something different from what I was already doing and after 3 months I fell in love with the profession.

5. What is your favourite thing about being an anaesthesiologist?

My favourite thing about anesthesiology is it's acceptance of all patients, which means it deals with all ages, both genders, all levels of sickness, involving all kinds of surgeries.

6. Is there something you wish others knew about your job?

I wish people knew that an anesthesiologist is a "doctor" with 5 years of postgraduate training.

7. What is the hardest part about your job?

The hardest part for me is the psychological aspect of the job. The part where the intricate and serious aspect of the job is under appreciated and that anesthesiologist are partly responsible for this.