Features  |   July 2016
Together, WE Are ASA
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  • Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, M.D.
    ASA President-Elect
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Features   |   July 2016
Together, WE Are ASA
ASA Monitor 07 2016, Vol.80, 12-13.
ASA Monitor 07 2016, Vol.80, 12-13.
As First Vice President and President-Elect, I have had the opportunity to speak at innumerable meetings of my fellow physician anesthesiologists. Whether these have been state component society meetings, ASA or any number of committee meetings, there was a heightened level of energy at each gathering. Our passion for patient-centered, physician-led care is a shared goal that separates us from other medical gatherings, where attendees seem more focused on ancillary needs like fulfilling CME credits or networking for that next job. Before every presentation I deliver, I challenge myself to learn as much as possible about the current issues of importance to the state component society or committee audience. As a physician leader, I understand the audience members have invested their time and money to be in those chairs. Most, if not all, are there at their own expense, having traveled, given up time in the O.R., and having to take time away from their families. With that knowledge, as well as the knowledge that much of my audience has heard me speak before, I strive to ensure that each of my presentations covers new, interesting and timely information.
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