Committees  |   December 2018
The Future Is Ours! ASA Membership and the Young Physician
Author Affiliations
  • Talia K. Ben-Jacob, M.D., M.Sc.
    Committee on Young Physicians
  • Elizabeth B. Malinzak, M.D.
    Committee on Young Physicians
  • Christopher J. Malgieri, M.D.
    Committee on Young Physicians
  • Ashish K. Khanna, M.D., FCCP, FCCM
    Committee on Young Physicians
Article Information
Critical Care / Education / CPD / Practice Management / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Committees
Committees   |   December 2018
The Future Is Ours! ASA Membership and the Young Physician
ASA Monitor 12 2018, Vol.82, 34-36.
ASA Monitor 12 2018, Vol.82, 34-36.
You made it. You have graduated from training. This day once seemed hopelessly out of reach, separated by a long stretch of intense training and an endless parade of standardized exams. You have kept focus on your patients and lived frugally while helplessly watching your student loan balance grow like a weed into the heavens. It’s time to start living the life you dreamed. Gratification needn’t be so delayed this time – but neither should your professional obligations.
While you were in residency or fellowship, your training program likely paid your ASA membership dues on your behalf. With your transition to practice, you will have new goals for your professional and personal lives. Attacking your student debt or purchasing a home might be among your many financial priorities. Dues for ASA and your state component are not a small cost, and you may wonder if the value of ASA is worth the price. As a trainee, you may not have been exposed to the vast number of resources that ASA offers for continuing education, professional development, networking, leadership, mentorship, quality, patient safety and research. Additionally, while navigating a new part of your career, you may not fully understand the scope of practice and reimbursement issues that our profession faces. High cost, questionable value and hesitancy regarding advocacy are the chief reasons why anesthesiologists may not join ASA.
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