Features  |   January 2013
Incorporating Anesthesiologist Assistants Into Your Practice
Author Affiliations
  • John H. Stephenson, M.D.
    Committee on Practice Management
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Practice Management / Features
Features   |   January 2013
Incorporating Anesthesiologist Assistants Into Your Practice
ASA Monitor 01 2013, Vol.77, 14-16.
ASA Monitor 01 2013, Vol.77, 14-16.
At the 2011 House of Delegates in Chicago, ASA unambiguously defined its position in full support of promoting the practice of anesthesiologist assistants (AAs). By so doing, ASA secured the future of the anesthesiologist-led care team and ensured the expanding availability of safe, high-quality anesthesia care brought by AAs.
Anyone who attended last year’s annual meeting probably witnessed or heard about the many important and growing contributions of AAs to anesthesiology and ASA. At the time of submission of this article, AAs practice in 18 states (including the District of Columbia) and the Veterans Affairs system (see Figure 1). AA’s mode of practice is always in the anesthesia care team led by an anesthesiologist. Their scope of practice is limited to the duties and responsibilities delegated to them by their medically-directing anesthesiologist and consistent with their facility’s medical staff bylaws and rules. AAs enjoy membership privileges in ASA and currently serve as members of 10 major ASA committees. For anyone who doubts the commitment and the allegiance of AAs to anesthesiology and ASA, look no further than the participation of AAs in your ASA Political Action Committee (PAC). AA participation rate is far above anesthesiologists in ASAPAC. The next time you see an AA wearing an ASAPAC pin, thank them for their partnership in ensuring the survival of physician-led anesthesia care and talk to them about what AAs might bring to your practice.
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