Administrative Update  |   December 2017
The Season of Giving
Author Affiliations
  • Patrick Y. Giam, M.D.
    Vice Speaker, ASA House of Delegates
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Critical Care / Education / CPD / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Pain Medicine / Patient Safety / Practice Management / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   December 2017
The Season of Giving
ASA Monitor 12 2017, Vol.81, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 12 2017, Vol.81, 6-7.
As the holiday season approaches, for many of us, our thoughts turn to charity and helping others. This is a laudable and predictable scenario, given the generally high level of altruism and compassion inherent in physicians and other health care workers. But sometimes, giving to others is not enough. Have you ever thought about being charitable to yourself and to your profession? I promise you that ASA is doing a multitude of good things for anesthesiologists, our patients and our specialty. Not only is your society taking a leading role in today’s issues, including surprise billing, MACRA and scope of practice, but ASA is forging forward with new and important initiatives, including the Brain Health Initiative, our Anesthesia SimSTAT educational product and the creation of a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). By addressing legislative and regulatory issues, providing scientific and business education, and cultivating the nation’s foremost clinical database, ASA will improve the future for patients, anesthesiologists and the medical specialty of anesthesiology. However, ASA cannot and will not be maximally effective without the involvement of its members. And since this is the season of giving, are there some actions that each of us could undertake individually that would be a gift to ourselves and our specialty? Are there some simple things for which I could take the initiative on my own, to make small, but positive steps for anesthesiologists?
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