Features  |   December 2015
International Anesthesia: From Residency to Retirement, and From Humanitarian Aid to Disaster Relief
Author Affiliations
  • K.A. Kelly McQueen, M.D., M.P.H.
    Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach
  • Thomas J. Coonan, M.D.
    Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Pain Medicine / Regional Anesthesia / Respiratory System / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   December 2015
International Anesthesia: From Residency to Retirement, and From Humanitarian Aid to Disaster Relief
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 12-13.
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 12-13.
The history of international anesthesia, as we know it, began after World War II when commercial air travel became facile, and it has been evolving ever since. The role of visiting and expatriate anesthesiologists in developing countries has been critical to service delivery and teaching, primarily because academic anesthesia in the developing world has lagged far behind its counterpart in developed countries. Since September 11, 2001, there has been an explosion of interest in global outreach, and the epidemiology of international health has evolved during this period to the point that the critical roles of surgery and anesthesia are increasingly understood and appreciated, even in the context of low-resource settings.
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