The Assertive Actuary: A Cautionary Tale.. from the ASA Newsletter

Ronald L. Harter, M.D. is Professor and  Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. He has authored an insightful editorial in December’s ASA Newsletter in his capacity as harter_28Vice Speaker, ASA House of Delegates on professional assertiveness for anesthesiologists.  After introducing  the topic by way of the self-deprecating humor of an actuary friend of his, he urges us to  “embark boldly into … new territory, keeping one foot firmly planted in the O.R., while we stride further into peri-operative leadership.”  The line that caught my eye: “The spectrum of acute pain management options we offer our patients has never been broader, and our skill and expertise at ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks frequently allows earlier patient discharge and results in high levels of satisfaction for our patients.”

link to Dr Harter’s Article

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