Anesthesiology is a specialty of medicine.
Anesthesiologists are physicians who promote patient well-being in and out of the operating room. As a diverse group, we can deliver safe anesthesia care in the operating room and procedural areas using a wide array of state-of-the-art technology, provide medical evaluation and consultation for patients before and after surgery, manage pain conditions resulting from surgery or other injuries in the short- and long-term, and discover safer and more effective ways to care for patients in the field of anesthesiology research.
After college, modern anesthesiologists complete four years of medical school then four years of residency training, and many go on to pursue extra years of fellowship training in pediatric or cardiac anesthesiology, acute or chronic pain medicine, critical care medicine, research, or other specialty fields of perioperative care. Anesthesiologists are specialists in the human condition under stress, mastering the areas of physiology and pharmacology, including the body’s response to potent medications.
Great strides in patient safety have been made by anesthesiologists. Specifically, the use of life-like patient simulation in the training of new physicians was pioneered by anesthesiologists. Research conducted by anesthesiologists at the VA Palo Alto, in part, led to the replacement of toxic (and occasionally explosive) anesthetic gases with the safe agents we use today. It is no exaggeration to say that modern surgery would not exist without the incredible advances in anesthesiology.
I am proud to be an anesthesiologist and follow in the footsteps of giants who have come before me. I have the best job in the world: helping patients through the stressful experience of surgery, relieving pain, and making new discoveries through research that will hopefully benefit future patients.
The application cycle for the 2014-15 Stanford Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship class is still open for 1 off-cycle spot scheduled to start in Winter 2015. The application cycle for 2015-16 is also open now and will remain open until Summer 2014. I co-direct this training program along with Dr. Lindsey Vokach-Brodsky. In addition to being the only fellowship in this specialty located in Northern California, the Stanford program provides its fellows with a unique training experience in a beautiful setting. Throughout the training year, various clinical rotations at Stanford Medical Center, Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, and the VA Palo Alto immerse fellows in an environment focused on teaching them advanced regional anesthesia techniques and perioperative pain medicine. Fellows have ample opportunity to participate in clinical research projects and to teach basic and intermediate techniques to residents and other practitioners at educational workshops and study anatomy in the cadaver lab.
If you are interested in applying, please see the Stanford Anesthesia website for further information. To compare programs, visit ASRA.com.
We recently launched the first website for the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. As our patient population gets more connected with instant access to information via the internet, it is more important than ever for us to reach out to them. We know that going through the surgical process is a stressful experience for patients and families. Through this website, we hope that our Veteran patients will be able to learn more about the cutting-edge anesthesia and pain management services we have to offer them. We also want our prospective staff, trainees, and colleagues to see the great things we’re doing at the VA Palo Alto these days. Please visit us at online!