How unlikely is it that in twenty years, the only physician actually in the O.R. will be the anesthesiologist?
As surgery becomes more robotic, what difference will it make if the surgeon is actually present?
In fact, as surgery becomes more robotic, will surgeons continue to be physicians or will they be specially trained technicians?
Either way, anesthesiologists, as perioperative physicians, might be the only physicians in the room, indeed, the only physicians in an ambulatory surgery facility.
Think about it.
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Mark F. Weiss