I was dismayed to read the unfortunate characterization of anesthesiologists as anesthesia “providers” in the title and text of a recent ASA NEWSLETTER update on developing a staffing model.1 Anesthesiologists are professionals, not “providers.” We did not attend “provider” college or serve “provider” apprenticeships; we graduated from medical school and completed residency training. Many of us also finished clinical or research fellowships and obtained advanced degrees. We persevered through the rigorous ABA examination process to become board-certified consultants in our specialty. I suppose that on a superficial level, the word “provider” may be just another annoying, if somewhat innocuous, business-speak term from planet M.B.A. (such inane words as “metric,” “throughput” and “paradigm” also come to mind) that vainly attempts to lend gravity to the propaganda spewed out by hospital administrators. But from my perspective as a cardiac anesthesiologist, the word “provider” is condescending and pejorative. It is an insulting...
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Paul S. Pagel; On Providers. ASA Newsletter 2013; 77:60
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