Administrative Update  |   February 2014
When Seconds Count – A Call to Communicate
Author Affiliations
  • J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D.
    ASA President-Elect
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Airway Management / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Patient Safety / Practice Management / Respiratory System / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   February 2014
When Seconds Count – A Call to Communicate
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 6-7.
When I was in Washington, D.C. for the ASA Legislative Conference last spring, I found myself in Sen. Al Franken’s office talking to his legislative aid, who was a physician. We had a long conversation, ranging from anesthesiology to health care reform. I felt it was going well, that he understood the concerns of physician anesthesiologists, and I thought maybe we could gain assistance from Sen. Franken’s office. As the conversation wound down, my physician colleague asked, “J.P., I understand your issues, but what do the doctors think?” He wasn’t suggesting we weren’t physicians; he wanted to know the AMA’s position on our issues. It was crystal clear that our issues have to become medicine’s issues.
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