CSA News

Different Solutions for the Physician Shortage

Physician extenders "can help one physician care for more than one patient at a time," says Karen Sibert, MD, President of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and a professor at UCLA. In her field, physician anesthesiologists rely on the support of advanced practice practitioners and assistants — either certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAA). "They are exactly analogous to what PAs are for a primary doctor or surgeon," she explains. They are trained in a medical, not nursing, model, and work directly under the supervision of physician anesthesiologists. The CAAs, she says, "provide an opportunity for the physician anesthesiologist to focus on emergencies and saving lives, and not some of the lower level tasks such as initial screening and paperwork."

Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools

Medical schools are responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic by changing the way they train future doctors. Karen Sibert, MD, says most medical schools have bolstered the amount of training they provide on opioid alternatives, including intravenous versions of non-narcotic pain medicines and medical procedures that numb portions of the body where pain is present.

CSA supports Garamendi bill to address graduate student loan debt…

Rep. John Garamendi (CA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act, H.R. 4001, to address the ballooning student loan debt crisis in America that cripples over 40 million Americans and their families.

CSA/UCLA Pilot Program Brings Biomedical Sciences Curriculum to Three Los Angeles High Schools

Asm. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas joins CSA, the UCLA Dept. of Anesthesiology and project Lead the Way to launch a partnership that supports PLTW’s Biomedical Sciences curriculum at three LA high schools – Venice, El Segundo and GALA – Girls Academic Leadership Academy.

Giant of Anesthesia – Ted Eger – Has Passed Away

Dr. Edmond “Ted” Eger II, the anesthesiologist and scientist who pioneered development of modern inhaled anesthetics, died peacefully at his home in Tiburon, California, on August 26, 2017, one week shy of his 87th birthday.