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Letter to Anesthesiology Simulation Centers

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Committee on Outreach Education
Workgroup on Simulation Education

August 25, 2005

Re: ASA Survey of Simulation Centers

Dear Director of Simulation,

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is committed to improving patient care and safety through education of its members. As part of that commitment, the ASA would like to know your opinions on the role that simulation can play in the continuing medical education (CME) of anesthesiologists. Organized under the Committee on Outreach Education, the ASA Workgroup on Simulation Education invites your participation in the attached survey so that we may determine your center’s current capability and interest in participating in simulation CME to anesthesiologists. Our workgroup is charged with exploring the optimal ways to identify, organize, and develop high quality anesthesiology-related simulation CME.

We have been diligently working on several activities to address simulation training. One is a web-based registry of existing simulation education opportunities that will soon be available to ASA members through www.asahq.org. We encourage you to participate in this fantastic opportunity to list and describe your center, free of charge. That opportunity will be sent to you shortly, as soon as beta-testing is completed.

Meanwhile, our Workgroup would like your center to check its calendar for the possibility of participating in “Simulation Saturday.” Plans are now underway to organize an introductory, complimentary, and brief program in simulation to ASA members on October 29, 2005. We envision that your center might host one or several learning sessions that day with anesthesiologists living in your state, to promote our vision for future, ASA-organized CME programs. We would ask each participating center to provide the type of program they do best, without ASA oversight.

Please take a few moments of your time to answer the attached survey. Your opinions are critically important to the successful development of our program. If you indicate that you are interested in participating in Simulation Saturday, at least, then we will contact you with further registration details. And, we congratulate your efforts in promoting simulation training within your community!

Sincerely,

Michael A. Olympio, MD
Chair, Workgroup on Simulation Education

Workgroup members:
Drs. Barach, Cole, Cooper, Gaba, Gravlee, Torsher, Loyd, Olympio, Quinlan, Ruskin, Schaefer, Seropian, Sinz, Steadman, Taekman, Torsher, Weinger, Wilks, and Ms. Jennifer Braun and Ms. Janice Plack from ASA Headquarters.