Anesthesiologists are uniquely positioned to provide specialist care in pain and symptom management as well as a nuanced perspective of the likely course for critically ill patients. Additionally, the ability to coordinate and balance the often disparate priorities of multiple coworkers, which so routinely occurs in the O.R., is highly valued in many areas of practice. With these valuable skills, anesthesiologists should seriously consider the rapidly growing fields of hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) as career options. According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, “the number of hospitals with a palliative care team increased from 658 (24.5 percent) to 1,635 (65.7 percent) – a steady 148.5 percent increase from 2000-2010.” Demand for palliative care physicians is expected to continue to increase. A major study anticipated a shortage of 6,000-18,000 individual physicians, depending on the proportion of time each...

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