Rebekah Bernard MD and Niran Al-Agba MD |

Part 2 of our discussion with John Lafferty MD regarding the need for Flexner-style reform for NP and PA programs. Dr. Lafferty describes his experiences training PA students.

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Old Pueblo Anesthesia (OPA) is a physician-owned and operated practice that has served the southern Arizona community for over 40 years. They are committed to delivering anesthetic care exclusively by physicians and annually provide over 20,000 anesthetics to patients undergoing surgery, labor and delivery, pain management, and diagnostic procedures.  OPA provides anesthetic services at multiple outpatient surgery centers and is the exclusive provider of anesthesia services at TMC Healthcare, a large regional health care system in Tucson, Arizona.  

Their cardiac anesthesiologists cover a robust open-heart program and are also intimately involved in the operation of the largest minimally invasive structural heart program in Southern Arizona.  

TMC has a level III NICU and OPA’s Labor and Delivery team provides 24/7 in-house coverage for over 5000 deliveries per year.

Outside the operating room, they provide anesthesia services for adults and children in the GI suite, MRI/CT, and interventional radiology.

OPA’s leadership and recruiting team would love to discuss professional employment opportunities for anesthesiologists with the desire to live and work in a part of the country with incredible weather, year-round outdoor activities and a very affordable cost of living. 

They currently have openings for both partnership track positions as well as several employee/non call positions. OPA is seeking pediatric fellowship-trained anesthesiologists, cardiac fellowship-trained anesthesiologists and has positions available for non-fellowship trained anesthesiologists as well. There are positions available with no hearts or OB if you do not want to work in those areas.

For more information, please contact Mark McClain, M.D., @ or Jim Rodriguez, CEO @ or visit their website at