ASA Responds to Los Angeles Times Article on Shortage of Trained Physicians
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) read with great interest Michael J. Mishak’s February 9 article, “State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law.” The article brought critical attention to a growing concern in the medical field; a shortage of trained medical professionals to provide the best patient care.
We wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Phinney’s belief that “physician assistants and other mid-level professionals are best deployed in doctor-led teams.” As physicians dedicated to patient safety, anesthesiologists lead other mid-level providers on Anesthesia Care Teams to provide the highest quality of perioperative care.
The two- to three-years training of mid-level medical professionals cannot compare to the at least eight years post-graduate education of physicians. This additional education and training provides physicians with the skills to fully diagnose, manage and respond to medical complications.
John M. Zerwas, M.D.
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