The practice of anaesthesiology and intensive care is based upon a deep understanding of human physiology and pharmacology. The insight gained from studying these subjects is critical for subsequent understanding and management of the pathophysiology of diseases encountered in anesthesia and critical care.
The practitioner needs a firm grasp of the principles of how anesthesia-related equipment functions. It is imperative that the anesthesiologist-intensivist appreciates the principles whereby monitoring equipment works so the limitations thereof can be appreciated. An understanding of basic statistical principles is essential to equip anesthesiologists to perceptively interpret the growing body of research, or conduct their own research.
The specialist anaesthesiologist deals with vulnerable, critically ill patients who may have dysfunction or failure of many organ systems. Appreciation of both the underlying pathophysiology, and of the best practice evidence is essential to ensure excellent patient outcomes. The scope of anaesthesiology is widening with pain medicine, regional anesthesia, vascular access, and peri-operative care all falling within the scope of the anaesthesiologists' practice.
The very young and the aging population, changes in location where anesthesia services are required, the advent of ultrasonography as a treatment and monitoring modality, increasing patient expectations, and better patient safety are current challenges that anaesthesiologists have taken up.
Informed practitioners can function as leaders and patient advocates. The depth of knowledge, skill sets and understanding required by practitioners is great. The field is therefore challenging, but rewarding.
Prospective anesthesiologists require great dedication to cover the requisite material. Our part 2 training is focused on preparing our trainees for these challenges in order to develop world class South African specialist.
For more information:
Charlaine Janse van Rensburg
Tel: +27 21 938 9231