ASA Community Blog

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    Disability insurance maybe the furthest thing from your mind right now but, without it, you may be creating a major gap in your overall financial plan that could quickly dissolve your savings and future. By Chelsea Altinger Casey, MD It’s one of ...

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    Every time you change your employer (even going from resident to attending at the same institution), your benefits package will likely be different. To secure your financial future, it is important to review this benefits package thoroughly and intentionally ...

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    The journeyman path that many of us take through medical school and training leaves a dust cloud of landlords and leases. For those finishing training and beginning life as an attending physician, July 1 st confers a whole new meaning – and, hopefully, ...

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    The conflicts of interest within medicine are pretty easy to spot when you know what to look for. Let’s just say the financial industry is set up a little differently. By Jeffrey Steiner, DO, MBA It is not unusual for me to get asked personal finance ...

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    From an outside perspective it looks easy: oxygen mask, propofol, PACU. What could possibly go wrong? Spoiler alert: Anesthesiology residency instilled in me a very healthy–and hard-won–respect for sedation cases. By Nabil Othman, MD ...

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    If you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate position of going unmatched in anesthesiology, you’re not alone. Many fine anesthesiology residents and attendings have walked this path before you. Here’s how to follow in their footsteps. By Daniel Friedlander, ...

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    As a CA-1 I felt frantic and overwhelmed, and I made a lot of mistakes. Now, well into my CA-3 year, I’m calm, focused, and much more effective. It’s not because I’ve learned more. It’s because I’ve learned to think differently. By Nabil Othman, MD ...

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    The peripheral IV (PIV) is the first real test of CA-1. PIVs can’t be taught – they can only be learned through trial and error. By Nabil Othman, MD When I started CA-1, Dr. Robert Naruse told me the best way to learn is to show up early. I quickly ...

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    Upon finishing training, many new anesthesiologists will have debt (usually in the six-figure range) from medical school and college. They will likely also have debt from credit cards, relocation loans, car payments and possibly housing debt. Monthly ...

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    Many people have seen their lives turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic . The possibility of getting infected, the restrictions, the uncertainty and the stress that came with all these sudden changes have had a strong impact on our lives. But ...

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    When faced with a choice between fellowships in pediatrics or pain, I chose both. Here’s how I came to that decision – and what you should consider as you weigh your own fellowship options. By Elisha Peterson, MD, FAAP, FASA I remember as a second-year ...

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    There is more than one road to financial success, but the key is spending less than you earn. Outgrow your new paycheck too quickly and you may find that you are struggling to meet your financial goals. Here are a few basic principles to put you on the ...

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    Entering an academic practice can be very intimidating and the attributes and skills that make you a great attending physician feel very different from those that made you a successful trainee. Here’s what you need to know. By Brittany Reardon MD ...

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    Your ability to work is the foundation of your financial plan. In previous blog posts we have discussed student loan management and how to plan for retirement . This post focuses on protecting your ability to execute those well-thought-out career goals ...

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    For the young physician just beginning their career, retirement can seem infinitely far away. Retirement planning, however, requires dedication early in your career to ensure a smooth transition years down the road. Here is the first installment of several ...

  • Posted in: Residents/Fellows Only

    Toward the beginning of CA3 year – or midway through fellowship – is typically when residents start looking for jobs. Look any earlier than that, and you risk wasting a first impression on prospective employers who don’t yet know what their future staffing ...

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    There are those who wonder if our specialty's focus on testing in resident education is creating a generation of anesthesiologists who practice by rote. As a young physician and product of that education, I respectfully disagree. By James Lamberg, DO ...

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    If you've got student debt - and if you're a young physician, chances are you do - you're probably wondering about the best and fastest ways to get rid of it. Here's a quick overview of your options. By Christopher Malgieri, MD You know the numbers. ...

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    The deleterious effects of sleep deprivation on human physiology and psychology are well documented, yet we as anesthesiologists have yet to fully understand the implications. When considering behavioral factors affecting perioperative patients, sleep ...

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  • Posted in: Residents/Fellows Only

    There comes a time in every medical resident’s training when learning turns to action – or at least some sort of direction. While nothing is set in stone (and, in fact, you’re better off assuming it isn’t), there are a few guiding principles every anesthesiologist ...

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    Most of us agree that a workplace should be a welcoming place. But the process of taking stock and implementing real change can sometimes feel overwhelming. Where does one even start? The good news is that unconscious biases that contribute to inequities ...

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  • Anesthesiology as a profession has made significant contributions and improvement towards understanding and managing perioperative brain health of elderly patients. As such, we anesthesiologists are uniquely positioned to take a leading role in better ...