FAER  |   February 2017
For Anesthesiology to Thrive We Need More Physician-Scientists … and That’s What FAER Aims to Do
Author Affiliations
  • James C. Eisenach, M.D.
    Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
    President and CEO
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Pediatric Anesthesia / Pharmacology / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / FAER
FAER   |   February 2017
For Anesthesiology to Thrive We Need More Physician-Scientists … and That’s What FAER Aims to Do
ASA Monitor 02 2017, Vol.81, 68-70.
ASA Monitor 02 2017, Vol.81, 68-70.
It feels like we’re living through particularly uncertain and unsettling times, being surrounded by unexpected and unpredictable change to which we react with fear. Our patients face many threats, ranging from the impact of cost-containment on access to care, to protocolized, rigid care pathways, to realization that modern surgery remains plagued with all-too-common major morbidity and mortality. As physicians in anesthesiology, we also face many threats, ranging from restriction and encroachment on our scope of practice from other medical specialties and caregivers, to lack of clear metrics to demonstrate value in a value-based health care system, to competition with caregivers outside of allopathic medicine. And many would argue that, at least in its current form, the electronic health record threatens both patients and physicians. The ASA Monitor explains and explores these threats in each issue, but in this article I argue that a fundamental aspect of our specialty has failed to grow at a pace necessary for the specialty to meet these threats, and until we address this problem, the specialty will wither. That aspect is the number of physician-scientists in the specialty.
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