In anesthesia, the patient relationship typically ends once the operation is over. In internal medicine, it often begins well before or after a patient begins their surgical journey. Combined training in internal medicine and anesthesiology prepares one to tackle essentially any part of patient care, from outpatient preoperative optimization to individualized intraoperative care and transitioning to postoperative intensive care and beyond. Most residents in our program are interested in a career in critical care, cardiac, or transplant anesthesia. Intensive care is the natural intersection of medicine and anesthesia, and the combined program enables you to navigate both arenas proficiently. Combining the procedural and intraoperative skills of an anesthesiologist with the diagnostic reasoning and breadth of knowledge of an internal medicine physician makes for a comprehensive critical care physician. Combined training would also be beneficial for a career in pulmonary medicine, perioperative medicine, pain medicine, or working in a preoperative clinic....
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Residents' Review| February 2022
Training in a Combined Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology Residency Program
ASA Monitor February 2022, Vol. 86, 41.
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Alexander J. Rodriguez, Christian O'Donnell; Training in a Combined Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology Residency Program. ASA Monitor 2022; 86:41 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ASM.0000820444.92329.73
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