Administrative Update  |   December 2015
Walking the Line
Author Affiliations
  • Ronald L. Harter, M.D.
    House of Delegates
    Vice Speaker
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Education / CPD / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   December 2015
Walking the Line
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 6-7.
As chair of an academic anesthesiology department at a public institution, I have found it to be challenging at times to “walk the line” between effectively promoting advocacy for our specialty while being respectful of and compliant with the constraints and requirements inherent in a public university. It’s likely that my colleagues in other public institutions wrestle with the same concerns. A couple of years ago, when I first prepared for and provided a formal presentation to our residents on the importance of active engagement in organized medicine, I thought it might strengthen my argument to share with them any requirements by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that supported engagement in organized medicine as a requirement of anesthesiology residency training. As a former program director, I was still somewhat familiar with Residency Review Committee (RRC) requirements for our residents’ training, but I will note that I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of RRC guidelines that are consistent with the skills and knowledge residents can gain through involvement with ASA, the American Medical Association and organized medicine in general. I felt that this column would be an ideal opportunity for me to share this information with all who are involved in training our residents.
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