SubSpecialties  |   April 2019
The Importance of Academic Anesthesiology to the Future Vibrancy and Viability of the Specialty
Author Affiliations
  • Michael S. Avidan, M.B.B.Ch., FCASA
    President, Association of University Anesthesiologists
Article Information
Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Practice Management / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Quality Improvement / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   April 2019
The Importance of Academic Anesthesiology to the Future Vibrancy and Viability of the Specialty
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 54-55.
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 54-55.
In the mid-1990s, gloom beset anesthesiology in the U.S. as predictions, widely reported in lay press such as the Wall Street Journal, suggested that the need for anesthesiologists would decrease dramatically in an anticipated managed care environment. Medical graduates were discouraged from pursuing careers in anesthesiology, and residency programs contracted dramatically. In the new millennium, U.S. anesthesiology programs have enjoyed a revival, and many talented medical graduates with strong academic pedigrees have chosen to enter the specialty. Today, new challenges face our specialty, and leaders must be bold, innovative and disruptive in order to ensure that anesthesiology continues to flourish as a vibrant medical specialty.
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