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Why Did You Become An Anesthesiologist Instead Of A CRNA?

I had a site commentator ask this important question yesterday. Let me preface my response by saying that I don’t intend to compare physician anesthesiologists to nurse anesthetists in any capacity. We both have our respective roles in the team-based approach to perioperative care. My decision to pursue anesthesiology was made …

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Establishing Rapport With Surgeons

In most academic settings, the operating room is composed of the surgical team (attending, fellow, residents), anesthesia team (attending, fellow, residents, nurses), techs (scrub tech, anesthesia tech), circulating nurses, students, observers, and most importantly, the patient. The surgery attending is usually the captain of this proverbial ship; however, a delicate interplay between …

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Two Rescue Drugs I Always Carry On Call

As seniors, we oversee our junior trainees’ cases while coordinating the case flow through the operating rooms with our front desk during call shifts. While the junior residents and SRNAs check our “stat rooms” and emergent airway boxes prior to preparing for their respective cases, I’ll visit the pharmacy to grab …

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