Gasline Newsletter September 2010

Volume 12, No. 5

September 2010 Board of Director’s Meeting

The CSA Board of Directors met on Saturday, September 25 and acted on several recommendations. First, beginning in 2012 the CSA House of Delegates and the Annual Meeting educational program will be held in separate locations and times. In 2009, the House of Delegates authorized holding the meetings separately in order to choose locations that are more suited to the different meeting formats. The 2012 meetings would be the first opportunity to experience the new formats. The House of Delegates may include a session on legislative, regulatory and practice management issues along with the governance activities. The Annual Meeting educational program may be held in a different month at a resort location in California and may have a format that provides attendees ample free time to enjoy the locale.

CSA’s new Manager of Communications and Electronic Media, Michelle Bussenius demonstrated our new Web Site. The new site is scheduled to go live at the end of October. Among its many upgraded features will be an improved search function, a photo gallery and new social networking functionality.

Other Board actions included: approval of a recommendation to change the bylaws to make the Committee on the Future of Anesthesiology a standing committee, guidelines for participating in social media and guidelines for holding district meetings.

2010 CSA Fall Hawaiian Seminar

Registration is open for CSA’s 2010 Fall Hawaiian Seminar, November 1-5, in beautiful Kona, Hawaii. Ronald Pearl, M.D. chairs a program of fascinating speakers and topics you will not want to miss. Find out more and register online.

ASA Annual Meeting in San Diego

This year the ASA meets in San Diego for its 2010 Annual Meeting, October 16 – 20. Up to 40 CME credits can be earned with a variety of offerings. Beginning this year, a single registration fee allows members unlimited access to refresher courses and other events. Problem Based Learning Discussions and workshops have separate registration fees.

CSA Past President Edgar Canada, MD chairs the Local Arrangements Committee, and activities include a Welcome Reception for all registered attendees Saturday night at PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. For information and registration, visit the ASA's registration Web site.
Bulletin Survey

A survey on Bulletin readership and content was recently completed and the results can be downloaded as a PDF. Respondents were entered into a drawing for an iPad and CSA member Ronald Lazar, M.D. of Redlands, CA is the lucky winner. Congratulations, Dr. Lazar!

An Unsung Hero–Can you help?  Unknown Doctor

Shortly after crossing the finish line at the San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers race last May, Ken Byk suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. Within seconds, an RN came to his aid, followed closely by a woman who identified herself as an anesthesiologist. She and the nurse immediately performed CPR for at least twenty minutes before paramedics could arrive and transport Byk to UCSF where he later underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

Now fully recovered, Byk has been actively seeking the identity of the physician who saved his life. So far, despite a televised Eyewitness News story and article published in the SF Examiner, the life-saving anesthesiologist remains unnamed, and unthanked. "In addition to meeting and thanking her, Byk states, "I very much wish her to receive the American Heart Association's Heartsaver Hero award." The AHA Heartsaver Hero award recognizes individuals who have performed emergency CPR.

Bky recently contacted CSA in hopes that someone within our organization might recognize and identify this unsung hero. If you have any leading information, please contact Michelle Bussenius, Manager of Communications and Electronic Media at 650-345-5207 or

UCLA CME Program

Registration is now open for the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology's annual symposium, Anesthesiology Update 2010 on November 13 in Los Angeles. Course offerings include sessions on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, controversies in pediatric anesthesia, and implications of cardiothoracic disease in anesthesia care. For a program brochure, please click here. Registration is limited, so for more information or to register, click here or call the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education at 310-794-2620.

UCSF Simulator Course

The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Simulation Center has openings for its November 20th MOCA simulation course and will schedule several more in 2011. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call the Simulation Center Administrator, Armando Leiva at 415-206-3250.

Narendra S. Trivedi, M.D.

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