Administrative Update  |   February 2020
ASA’s Strategic Pillars: Membership and Education Update
Author Affiliations
  • Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FACA, FASA
    ASA President-Elect
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Education / CPD / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   February 2020
ASA’s Strategic Pillars: Membership and Education Update
ASA Monitor 2 2020, Vol.84, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 2 2020, Vol.84, 6-7.
The overarching mission of the ASA is “advancing the practice and securing the future.” Our Society implements this mission through six strategic pillars:
This communication focuses on two of the strategic pillars that help ASA to help our members: member growth and experience, and educational resources.
Membership growth was strong in 2019. ASA ended the 2019 membership year with nearly 33,000 Active members – 3 percent growth over five years – and with over 55,000 total members – 6 percent growth over five years. An area of focus for 2019 was the Anesthesia Administrator & Executive educational membership. AA&Es had expressed interest to share opportunities and challenges among themselves, and most pay no dues since participation is free when 90 percent or more of their group’s physicians hold Active membership. Growth in the category was 29 percent over 2018. Anesthesiologist Assistant membership growth was dynamic, 38 percent over 2018, totaling over 1,100 members. Certified AAs remain strongly in support of anesthesiologist-led, team-based care, and are enthusiastic ASAPAC supporters as well, with a 64 percent participation rate (compare ASA’s overall 21.9 percent participation). The Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA) program continues to do very well since it launched in May 2018. We now have over 900 FASAs in ASA.
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