Committees  |   January 2014
Report From the Committee on Uniformed Services and Veterans’ Affairs
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Coagulation and Transfusion / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Pain Medicine / Practice Management / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Committees
Committees   |   January 2014
Report From the Committee on Uniformed Services and Veterans’ Affairs
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 34-35.
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 34-35.
Despite an unprecedentedly challenging fiscal year for the Department of Defense (DOD), a few die-hard military and civilian members of the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA) converged on San Francisco for their 11th annual meeting on October 11, 2013. The meeting opened with a recorded greeting from the USSA President, Rep. Andy Harris, M.D., of Maryland, who was unable to attend in person due to the exigencies of ongoing talks in Washington. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Practice Management” and featured some of the most respected lecturers from within the Department of Defense, including Mike Fahlgren, M.D., Perioperative Medical Director at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC); Carlton Brown, M.D., an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University; Lou Damiano, M.D., one of the architects of integrating the former National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Scott Griffith, M.D., Director of the National Capital Consortium Pain Management Fellowship; and Christian Popa, M.D., B.S., Director of the Surgical ICU at WRNMMC. In addition to these distinguished speakers from within USSA, the meeting featured David Cross, M.D. and James “Judge” Hicks, M.D., from the ASA Committee on Practice Management, who led a panel discussion that was the capstone of the day’s themed discussions. In an effort to promote research and scholarly activity, the meeting has long featured a resident poster competition, modeled along the lines of the ASA’s Scientific Abstracts and Medically Challenging Cases. Congratulations go to this year’s Paul D. Mongan Military Anesthesiology Research Award winner, Nicole King, M.D., a CA-2 resident from Naval Medical Center San Diego.
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