Resident Review  |   December 2015
From the Halls of Montezuma: A Perspective on Differences in Civilian and Military Anesthesiology Training
Author Affiliations
  • LCDR Jeffrey M. Carness, M.D.
    Committee on Uniformed Services and Veterans Affairs
    Adjunct Member
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Resident Review   |   December 2015
From the Halls of Montezuma: A Perspective on Differences in Civilian and Military Anesthesiology Training
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 60-61.
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 60-61.
The views expressed in the manuscript are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense or the Unites States government.
As of late, I have had the great fortune of spearheading preparations for this year’s Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia (Resident) Research Conference (MAARC) to be held here at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. I have busied myself with thoughts of keynote speakers, graphics and Web design, breakout sessions and overall conference content. The focus of this year’s conference: military and operational anesthesia. It would seem that, though we are undoubtedly well represented by the ASA component society of the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA), many of my civilian resident colleagues remain somewhat unclear as to what it is exactly that we do. I have certainly fielded questions regarding our role in the Navy and the roles that we play providing medical support to our operational counterparts. Questions range from the simple, “Does everyone have to deploy during residency?” or “When do you have to wear your uniform?” to somewhat more complicated questions regarding manpower and personnel distribution (i.e., independent nurse anesthetist practitioners). No doubt, as the ASA membership continues to grow, turnover, and change, it seems prudent to further re-illuminate and discuss the unique development and role that military anesthesiologists play in our society.
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