Annemarie Wiley’s MEDICAL LIES Called Out by the American Society of Anesthesiologists!
Amid the unfolding drama on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills surrounding Annemarie Wiley’s obsession with Sutton Stracke’s narrow esophagus — the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) released a statement on January 19. The ASA addressed the nurse anesthetist — slamming her for grossly inflating her medical credentials.
The organization took to Instagram to post a graphic that clearly delineates the differences between anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. Along with this visual aid, they added a statement that read:
“The Real Housewives know a fake. Anesthesiologists are medical doctors with more than 12 years of higher education and up to 16,000 hours of clinical training. Title misappropriation has no place in health care. #RHOBH #anesthesiologist #anesthesiologists #physician”
The ASA states that anesthesiologists are required to undergo extensive training, including completion of medical school, 12 to 14 years of higher education, 12,000 to 16,000 hours of specialized clinical training, and a fellowship program.
In contrast, nurse anesthetists do not attend medical school. They typically have five to seven years of higher education, complete around 2,000 hours of clinical training that is less specialized compared to anesthesiologists, and do not engage in subspecialty fellowship programs.
In the January 17 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Annemarie claimed that her co-star Crystal Kung Minkoff was envious of her because of her medical school training. Annemarie suggested that attending medical school had always been a dream for Crystal , a dream she never realized.
Also in the same episode, Crystal asserted that when she first met Annemarie, the nurse introduced herself as a doctor.
Annemarie, 40, also hinted to Crystal that Sutton Stracke’s condition could potentially be a cover for an eating disorder.
Annemarie’s assertion that she attended “medical school,” is factually incorrect. In the medical profession, it is only doctors who attend medical school, whereas nurses undergo a different educational path — as confirmed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
Annemarie’s debut on the Bravo reality series has not been well-received by many viewers, largely because she has devoted a significant amount of her on-camera time to discussing Sutton Stracke’s medical condition. Sutton earlier this season disclosed that she suffers from an esophageal stricture.
Annemarie, who is not Sutton’s medical provider, has consistently expressed skepticism about Sutton’s assertion that her esophageal stricture complicates her ability to eat. Furthermore, Annemarie reinforced her stance in interviews.
Stars from Real Housewives of Miami and Real Housewives of Dallas — Dr. Nicole Martin and Dr. Tiffany Moon respectively, who are both anesthesiologists, have affirmed the legitimacy of Sutton’s condition. They have also strongly criticized Annemarie for her comments.
Dr. Nicole further commented, “It does not matter where you fall on the spectrum in the medical field, from being a tech to being a doctor, you joined this profession to advocate for patients. As such, it’s not our role to belittle, question, or demean a patient’s symptoms or diagnosis.”
Dr. Nicole Martin fired back at Annemarie’s diss — accusing the nurse of “medical gaslighting,”
“It does not matter where you fall on the spectrum — all the way from being a tech to being a doctor.” Dr. Nicole stated in a posted video. “You joined the profession to be an advocate for patients, and as such, it is not our place to belittle, question, or demean a patient’s symptoms or diagnosis.”
She added, “We are there to facilitate and help the patient through the medical process, and it was just very uncomfortable and cringey to watch Annemarie belittle Sutton’s symptoms in such a way.”
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