Dr. Savadjian, 27, said that SGU amply prepared him for a career in medicine which included learning new cultures, adhering to a greater level of independence and self-reliance while in Grenada, and interacting with people of diverse backgrounds. During his first two years in Grenada, Dr. Savadjian made Dean’s List and was a member of SGU’s Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor Medical Society (IEA) and ended up graduating summa cum laude from SGU.
Finding a niche in anesthesiology was a surprise. “I always thought I would go into emergency medicine or become a trauma surgeon, as I believe I work best under pressure when sound decisions needed to be made immediately,” he said. After taking a pharmacology class during his last term in Grenada, he was eager to begin an anesthesiology rotation. “It came easy to me, and since anesthesiology tied together pharmacology and physiology, I was excited.”
While training as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Savadjian loves being able to implement a variety of procedures to ensure that each patient has the best care while in surgery. “Every day is different and it’s important to have in your wheelhouse a multitude of critical care strategies that can be tailored to each patient,” Dr. Savadjian said. “It is the only profession where you choose a medication yourself, prepare it, verify it, administer it and subsequently monitor its effects on patients—you become the physician, pharmacist, and nurse all in one.”
Following his residency, Dr. Savadjian is considering applying for a fellowship to specialize in pediatric anesthesiology or pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesia.
“Anesthesiology is the only specialty I’ve discovered that challenges me but consistently puts a smile on my face every day,” he said. “It’s very gratifying.”