Editorial  |   January 2014
The A’s of the Practicing Anesthesiologist
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Practice Management / Editorial
Editorial   |   January 2014
The A’s of the Practicing Anesthesiologist
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 4-5.
A couple weeks after completing my anesthesiology residency, my first real job began. I was one of eight or nine solo practitioner anesthesiologists in a city of about 50,000. We all shared call coverage and performed anesthesia at the three hospitals and a freestanding, non-affiliated outpatient surgical center. A handful of us shared an office. The spouse of one of my anesthesiologist office mates performed all my billing.
My practice was off to a busy start. For the first two weeks, I essentially assumed the schedules of two of my anesthesiologist office mates, each of whom took a one-week vacation. For a short while after that, my case list was filled with procedures done by surgeons who now found it easier to schedule one-off cases with a new physician anesthesiologist.
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