Any third year medical student can cite the ROAD mnemonic which guides the newbs to which fields will lead them to a career full of easy lifestyles and fast money. Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology and Dermatology. With health care reform coming down the pike it may be time to change the mnemonic to the CNP to happiness. Crna, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant…I was never good at mnemonics anyway.
The obvious solution is substituting non-MD anesthesia providers for physician anesthesiologists. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has long maintained that its members, as well as other advance practice nurses (APRNs), can work independently of MDs.The fact is they are right.