Committees  |   March 2016
Large Group Practices and ASA: Our Futures Are Intertwined – Part III
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Committees   |   March 2016
Large Group Practices and ASA: Our Futures Are Intertwined – Part III
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 32-34.
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 32-34.
This issue of the ASA Monitor will discuss the importance of large group practice in education and quality and how ASA and large groups can most effectively work together to address some of the economic challenges facing medicine in general and anesthesiology in particular.
How can ASA and large group practices collaborate most effectively to optimize education to anesthesiologists about practice management opportunities and other educational initiatives?
Emil Engels, M.D., American Anesthesiology
ASA’s educational materials are a valuable resource for all anesthesiologists, whether in large group or independent practices. The ASA annual meeting each October provides an opportunity for anesthesiologists to be updated on clinical and management practices in perioperative care, recent research advances and the role for new technologies in advancing patient care. ASA also sponsors the annual PRACTICE MANAGEMENT conference and the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) for anesthesiologists with an interest in expanding their knowledge and skills in perioperative management. These programs represent excellent examples of collaboration among all types of practices, including large groups, academic departments and leaders in perioperative care for health systems. ASA also provides other important educational content to optimize clinical care and facilitate ongoing education and maintenance of certification, including the Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) and Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) courses. In addition to these programs, many large groups are developing internal educational programs to support their members. Some groups host national meetings and are also very effective in sharing and implementing best clinical practices and protocols. While each of these efforts is important to the members of ASA, what is most important is to ensure that large groups and ASA work collaboratively to maximize the learning opportunities for all anesthesiologists.
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