Anaesthesia is an unpopular specialty in the United States

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7055.495b (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:495
  1. Colin Berry, Visiting assistant professor of anaesthesiology
  1. Department of Anaesthesiology, PO Box 238, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA

    EDITOR,—Peter Hambly's visions of anaesthesia hell accurately describe the relationship between anaesthetists and surgeons in one of the more aggressive surgical institutions in the United States.1 A more positive professional ambience is normal in private practice and in my own experience at the University of Virginia. The reasons that Hambly gives for this unfortunate relationship echo my own, but recently issued American training statistics for the specialty paint a dismal picture.

    Over the past five years the number of residency positions available each …

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