One of the most nerve racking things any parent can go through is bringing their child to a hospital. Especially if the visit if for anything related to a surgery. And things feel even worse when the surgery is serious enough to require an anesthetic. So if you are not aware, there is a choice when it comes to anesthesiologists.
Being that each person is an individual and each individual responds differently to anesthetics, and children are even more different than an adult, how do anesthesiologists compensate for the differences between children and adults?
A Pediatric Anesthesiologist – Who are they?
In many hospitals today, usually bigger hospitals, university hospitals or hospitals that specialize in pediatrics, there are actually Pediatric Anesthesiologists on call that specifically specialize in the administration of anesthetics to children usually under the age of thirteen years old.
These anesthesiologists are fully qualified physicians that have chosen to specialize first in anesthesiology, and then further specialize in pediatric anesthesia by going through an additional year of training.
In order for a person to become a pediatric anesthesiologist, they must first:
1. complete a minimum of 4 years of medical school
2. one year of internship and 3 years of residency in anesthesiology
3. additional specialty training in pediatric anesthesiology often spanning an additional year
4. earn a certification from the American Board of Anesthesiologists
Pediatric Anesthesiologists are not only highly qualified professionals, they are often people who understand and genuinely care about children and the special circumstances surgery and it’s psychological as well as physical effects can have on a child. This is important when you are dealing with an already stressful situation as well as surroundings. Pediatric Anesthesiologists learn to deal with the special circumstances of children and understand how to cater to each personality type. And how to make a child feel safe and relaxed.
So if you are in a situation that requires that your child requires surgery, ask your physician if they have a Pediatric Anesthesiologist on staff. If they do not, see how one can be obtained.
Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification
“Pediatric Anesthesiology is a discipline of anesthesiology that includes the evaluation, preparation, and management of pediatric patients undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in operative and critical care settings. In addition, this discipline also entails the evaluation and treatment of children with acute and chronic painful disorders.” – TheABA.org
Physicians who apply for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology must:
-Hold an unexpired license to practice medicine or osteopathy in at least one state or jurisdiction of the United States or Canada that is permanent, unconditional and unrestricted;
-Be a Diplomat of The ABA;
-Be participants in the ABA’s Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) program;
-Have satisfactorily completed fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology or possess the required experience in pediatric anesthesiology as described below.