OR Surgery Scheduler, Danville, IN - June 8, 2016
I was the OR and Endoscopy scheduler for two campuses. A typical day consisted of constant contact with surgeon offices via phones and fax to receive information on cases they needed to schedule. Constantly working the daily schedule is like working a puzzle - when cases cancel or move, you have to be proactive and move cases earlier, or later. You have to be mindful of man hours and productivity, along with available resources. I also had to work closely with chief of Anesthesia to ensure staff availability. I enjoyed the smaller scale OR scenario, people were much closer, relationships were more casual, and that was rather refreshing. The hardest part of the job was working in emergency cases, and negotiating the disagreements between physicians as to who should have priority.