Features  |   June 2019
Embracing Diversity to Achieve Our Common Goals
Author Affiliations
  • Daniel P. Corsino, M.D., FAAP, FASA
    Vice Chair, Committee on Professional Diversity
  • Kraig S. de Lanzac, M.D., FASA
    ASA Assistant Secretary
Article Information
Critical Care / Infectious Disease / Palliative Care / End-of-Life Care / Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   June 2019
Embracing Diversity to Achieve Our Common Goals
ASA Monitor 6 2019, Vol.83, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 6 2019, Vol.83, 8-9.
Diversity means a variety of things to different people. As physicians, we have a strong grasp and understanding of science. It is through science that we can better understand the importance of diversity. Biodiverse ecosystems are healthy and thrive because of the interactions of its members. Think of the ASA as its own ecosystem. We depend on each other and when we agree and work together toward a common cause, we thrive. Take for example the VA nursing handbook issue a couple years back. Together, we secured a healthy future for our patients.
When we think about diversity in our organization, we are reminded of discussions regarding political candidates. When discussing ASA Political Action Committee (ASAPAC) contributions and distributions, it is not uncommon for individuals to let us know they don’t like a candidate because of his or her views on a specific issue. We must remind ourselves that, within the scope of ASAPAC discussions, we are all in the party of anesthesiology and we support candidates that support physician anesthesiologists and our patients.
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