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    Gilbert A Fishbein MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655

        Academic Background

        M.D., Boston University, 1982

        Postdoctoral Training

        St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA, Residency in Internal Medicine, 1982-85
        Boston Medical Center, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1985-87

        Photo: Gilbert Fishbein, M.D.

        As clinical director at the Marlborough campus, I have the privilege of showing residents how things are done in a community hospital setting, which is where many residents will end up when their training is done. Things are a little different here than at the big academic hospital: there is more emphasis on efficiency, the patients are different, and community surgeons have different priorities. I was in private practice for a number of years before joining the UMass system in 2001. Interacting with residents has helped keep anesthesiology fresh and interesting for me.

        My path into anesthesiology was a bit indirect. I went into medical school assuming that I would be a "regular" doctor, and I actually completed my training in internal medicine. All through my training, however, I found that I particularly enjoyed performing technical procedures, and I enjoyed being in the operating room when I had the opportunity. (I never, of course, even remotely considered becoming a surgeon!) I soon realized that a career in anesthesiology would allow me to combine the areas of medicine which I find the most fulfilling, and I have never regretted that decision.

        My wife is also a physician, so we certainly have a busy household. My three daughters are all very proud of the fact that they are the only kids in their classes who can spell the word "anesthesiologist."

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