Establish a foundation with an undergraduate degree, further extend boundaries of knowledge in medical school and, now, clinically thrive in residency – we undertake a 12-year labyrinthine course to practice anesthesia. Yet, can it be said with certainty that each and every patient knows anesthesiologists are, indeed, physicians? The term “anesthesiologist” was deemed to be the preferred designation for physician anesthesia providers in a 1950 analysis. While the practice of anesthesiology has rapidly evolved since this point in time, the general population’s perspective of this field has not. For the future of anesthesiology, shaping the manner in which our profession is viewed by those we serve should be one of the most important resident duties so we can ensure our name accurately reflects the knowledge possessed to fulfill the role of a physician anesthesiologist.

The word physician is...

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