“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

We, as anesthesiology residents, have chosen a truly great profession. As the patient’s advocate during surgery, we safeguard our patients through one of the most physiologically and emotionally taxing experiences a person can endure. We’ve studied hard and endured countless hours of exams, all while working more hours per week than the average person realizes.

But that’s exactly where the problem lies – most people don’t understand who is taking care of them once they go under anesthesia. According to one survey conducted by ASA, six out of 10 Americans don’t know that anesthesiologists are medical doctors. A separate study conducted by the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists in 2013 revealed that 92 percent of participants would want a physician anesthesiologist directing their care if given a choice, with 87 percent responding they agree with the statement that “Giving anesthesia...

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