Editorial  |   March 2018
All Physician Anesthesiologists Are Educators
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
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Airway Management / Education / CPD / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Patient Safety / Respiratory System / Editorial
Editorial   |   March 2018
All Physician Anesthesiologists Are Educators
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 4-59.
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 4-59.
The subtitle on the cover of this ASA Monitor says it all. Each of us is a teacher. Even if we don’t consciously think about it, even if we don’t envision ourselves in that role, we are all teachers. And we are constantly teaching, whether we appreciate or not that we are doing so. In previous editions of these editorials, the reader has seen that it is my goal to spend enough time with each patient, during the preoperative evaluation, to provide them with an understanding of the anesthetic they will receive. It is also important to give them the opportunity to ask questions and hopefully feel more relieved of anxiety before taking them to the O.R. And though I don’t ordinarily consider it a teaching moment, especially if there is no medical student or anesthesiology trainee with me, what I am doing is teaching the patient what to expect as well as showing them how an engaged physician anesthesiologist can make their day better. These points were driven home to me recently. As I was spending time with my first patient in the preop area, a new preop nurse stood silently in the corner of the room. Though that behavior was a bit odd, I guess I assumed that the new nurse was merely interested in showing the patient that she cared. Later, the nurse’s preceptor told me she had sent the new nurse there to watch and listen, as she always appreciated that my preop interviews were so full of information. Her comments made me smile and served as a nice start for the day.
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