Well, let me just say that this is a marathon, not a sprint. An avg day? They vary so greatly depending on what kind of cases you're doing and what rotation you're in. But, just as an FYI, here's what happened today.
0530- at the hospital, set up room, draw up drugs, check machine
0630- anesthesia conference
0730- out of conference, find pt in preop, interview pt, start iv
0750- get pulled from my cases to move to a different OR... eval pt in
preop...oh, ****!! It's a fiberoptic intubation that starts at 0800.
0800- to OR with said pt. Attempt awake nasal fiberoptic intubation multiple times without success. CRNA unsuccessful. MDA finally successful...it took 45 minutes. Case starts...la la la.
1130- case finished, to PACU. Quick BR break.
1150- to ICU to transport next pt
1205- To OR. Next case started. IV's, art lines started
1400- back to OR in time to wake pt up and transport back to ICU.
1420- to preop. Next pt interviewed, IV started
1435- to OR. Case started. Pt intubated, turned prone...untangle wires and lines...report off.
1500- to preop- I have two inpatient cases tomorrow, so I'm off to the units to preop them and then postop a couple of pts from yesterday.
then after I relax a little while, I have to read for the next day. Eat, bed. Up again.
I've only got 9 more months to go, so there isn't nearly as much prep reading and studying as I had to do before. Believe me, the first six months of clinicals are especially gruelling!
I'm sure that I would do it again, but it's definitely a huge investment and not without sacrifice...certainly financial and definitely personal. Make sure this is something you want to do.