FAER  |   August 2019
FAER… Avoiding Professional Extinction: Advocating for Our Science
Author Affiliations
  • Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.
    ASA Committee on Health and Public Policy
    ASA Committee on Academic Anesthesiology
    ASA Committee on Innovation
Article Information
Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Geriatric Anesthesia / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / FAER
FAER   |   August 2019
FAER… Avoiding Professional Extinction: Advocating for Our Science
ASA Monitor 8 2019, Vol.83, 62-63.
ASA Monitor 8 2019, Vol.83, 62-63.
Almost a decade ago, Michael Todd and I wrote an editorial for Anesthesiology suggesting that without research our specialty would fossilize and become extinct.1  I continue to believe that advancing the science, including basic discovery, translational work, clinical trials and implementation science remain critical to ensure that our specialty will survive and thrive. While publications and presentations in scientific circles are important, I believe that advocacy for science in the public sphere to our elected officials as well as meeting with leaders of funding agencies, and understanding their priorities is also critical. In the context of the Perioperative Brain Health Initiative, I and other members of the executive committee have taken this approach which will be outlined in this article.
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