This study will measure and compare the physical activity of the anesthesiologists during
routine daily work in the operating room as determined by the pedometer-counted steps and to
estimate the average daily physical activity by using a seven day exercise recall survey.
This study aims to:
1. Measure and compare the physical activity of the anesthesiology residents and
attendings during routine daily work in the main operating room as determined by the
pedometer-counted steps walked by every individual
2. Estimate the physical activity outside of work by responding to survey of the past
seven day exercise recall
The primary objective of this study is to compare the physical activity of resident and
attending anesthesiologists. We hypothesize that the attendings will walk more steps than
residents at work, but it is possible that the residents will be more active in their spare
time. In addition, we hypothesize that the first year residents, likely associated with
inefficiency in work pattern, will have more physical activity at work compared to the third
year residents. The final objective of this study is to compare the physical activity of
these two groups to the recommended guidelines for healthy lifestyle.
We anticipate that this study will provide us with an idea of the physical activity of the
'average anesthesiologist' in USA and will be useful for determining the need of promoting
exercise for healthier lifestyle.
- Anesthesiology residents and attendings scheduled to work in the main operating room
for regular day shift who volunteer for the study
- Refusal to be enrolled in the study
- Medical conditions which restrict/prohibit exercise, e.g. recent injury, recent
surgical procedure, arthritis
- Part-time or on call subjects will be excluded, as well as anyone scheduled to work
outside the Main Operating Room, e.g. ICU, endoscopy, obstetrics.