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|Myth vs. Fact: CRNA vs. Anesthesiologist Education and Training|
Physician anesthesiologists exaggerate their own education/training and belittle the education/training of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. When the Truth Counts…Their Myths Don’t Stand Up to Reality!
Myth: Anesthesiologists have twice the education of CRNAs.Fact:
Not healthcare education. Anesthesiologists’ healthcare education includes medical school and their anesthesiology residency (8 years). CRNAs’ healthcare education includes nursing school, critical care nursing experience, and their nurse anesthesiology program (up to 8 ½ years total).
Did you know? Prior to medical school, anesthesiologists attain a four-year nonhealthcare undergraduate degree impressively labeled “pre-med.” However, this bachelor’s degree is a four-year nonhealthcare degree that does not prepare them to be an anesthesia provider. After graduation, both anesthesiologists and CRNAs can pursue additional years of education in their specialty, such as through fellowships.
Myth: Anesthesiologists attain nearly five times the clinical hours as CRNAs.
Myth: Anesthesiologists’ education and training in handling emergencies is different from that of CRNAs.
Myth: Anesthesiologists have data to back up their claims.
Did you know? All landmark research since 2000 has confirmed the safety and cost-effectiveness of CRNAs.
We encourage you to read the studies for yourself: http://www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com/research.php
CRNAs: Safe, high-quality, cost-effective, truthful.