I cannot begin to count the number of misspellings that I have witnessed of my first name. The number of “As” and the pronunciation confuse both first-timers and my closest friends. Its spelling on my first elementary school report card set the rhythm for things to come, from high school diplomas to wedding tabletop cards. And as I wandered around stateside for college and medical training, different interpretations led to …
Post Author: Aalap Shah, MD
Aalap Shah is an anesthesiologist.
Physicians receive rigorous medical training for the better part of a decade. However, we emerge unprepared for the real-world job application process to which our friends in other professions are accustomed. One of these logistics includes credentialing and verification for hospitals and clinics where your group intends to practice — a process that can take up to three months.
There are a number of items that are requested during the credentialing …
It is 3:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I am bringing my last patient out of the operating room. Everyone is in great spirits: a smooth case and an early finish at our surgical center. The patient has already awakened, stretching his arms, and clearly comfortable.
“Everything went alright, doc?”
I smile, knowing that I will be repeating what I am about to say a few more times as the anesthesia wears …
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