Don’t Sit On the Sidelines

  • Hertzberg, Linda, MD, FASA
| Jan 05, 2015

"You say you want a revolution.
Well, you know we all want to change the world.
You tell me that it's evolution.
Well, you know we all want to change the world….

You say you got a real solution.
Well, you know, we'd all love to see the plan."

John Lennon, the author of these lyrics, may have been one of the ultimate anti-establishment figures in his time. But if you read the full lyrics to “Revolution” carefully, you find that Lennon is speaking less about revolution and more about how to accomplish real change.

Many anesthesiologists sit on the sidelines, convinced that nothing they do as individuals will have a real effect on the politics, economics, or practice of anesthesiology. But this is simply not true.

Individual California anesthesiologists, working in the context of the CSA and ASA, have accomplished a great deal in these past several years. ASA members from California have been successful in bringing forward agendas for safe, practical deep sedation credentialing of non-anesthesiologist physicians, and a statement on the safety of chiropractic manipulation under anesthesia.

Many Californians–notably Stan Stead, MD, MBA, and Zeev Kain, MD, MBA—have collaborated successfully with others in the ASA to develop and advance the Perioperative Surgical Home.

How is this accomplished? By individual involvement in CSA and more specifically in ASA governance – in committees and in the House of Delegates.

This is the time of year that everyone needs to apply and actually self-nominate for ASA committees. The possible areas of committee involvement are extensive and include committees relating to scientific affairs, professional practice, economics, policy, governance, and advocacy.

To self-nominate, simply go to the committee nomination link on the ASA website to view a committee list. 

Self-nomination applications are due by Jan. 15, 2015, so do this soon!

You will be asked for recommendations from individual peers for the committees you wish to become involved in. Any CSA leader you know will be glad to see more member involvement at the ASA level and will be happy to discuss options with you. Email us!

Don’t delay… the chance is now for you to become part of a change process within the ASA for the coming year. CSA leadership looks forward to working with you to advance the practice of anesthesiology.

Happy New Year!

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