PM for Residents: Evaluating a Practice

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Course Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Free to ASA Resident Members!
Non-Member Price: $14 

The purpose of this 1-hour training course is to:

  • Provide the newly graduating anesthesiologist with basic knowledge and skills to make an informed choice regarding the type of anesthesiology practice that best fits their professional and personal goals and preferences.

For a newly graduating anesthesiologist, the evaluation process of selecting a practice is personalized and multifaceted. The process is focused not only on professional goals and a mutual interest between the resident and a given practice, but also on numerous personal factors and considerations.

There are many types of practices available to graduating anesthesiologists. The major categories of practices are:

  • Academic practice
  • Private practice

NOTE: A blended type of practice (hospital with residents not affiliated with an academic institution) is an option, but rare.

In addition to a preference for a particular category of practice, many other professional and personal considerations factor into a graduate’s selection, including whether they will:

  • Enter into a full, part-time, solo or group practice
  • Start their own group or join an established group
  • Select a sub-specialty or general anesthesiology practice
  • Join an all M.D. or anesthesia care team (ACT) practice

Learning Objectives:

There are 3 main objectives that provide the instructional framework for modules in this course:

1. Identify and assess various types/structures of practice in anesthesiology.
2. Determine how a member of a practice is compensated.
3. Recognize various local, state and national regulations affecting anesthesiologists.

Faculty & Credentials:

Erica Stein, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

David A. Cross, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
Scott and White Healthcare, Inc.
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
Temple, TX 


All contributors have reported that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have reported no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Target Audience:

There are 2 basic types of audiences who will complete this course: 1. The primary target audience for this course is a newly graduating anesthesiologist. 2. The secondary target audience is an anesthesiologist with previous work experience who is experiencing or desires a change in their professional or personal goals (such as seeking a change in their practice choice or has relocated). The following characteristics, including education/knowledge, skills, experience, demographics, certification and pre-course attitudes describe the average participant in the primary target audience who is expected to take the course.

CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Required Hardware / Software:

Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years.

Activity Release Date:

09/24/2013 - 1:01am

Activity Expiration Date:

09/23/2016 - 11:59pm

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes