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AQI offers new dataset for research
The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) is now offering a Participant User File (PUF) for contributors to its census registry, the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The file contains de-identified demographic, procedural and outcome information on up to 8 million cases over the span of three years from more than 100 different sources. Physicians interested in using the data for scholarly research may visit the AQI website and apply to receive a copy of this research dataset.

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Short-term funding bill approved that maintains current government spending, sequestration remains in effect
Late last week, the House and Senate agreed on H.R. 933, the " Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013," a short-term funding bill that maintains government spending at current levels for the next six months. This bill did not address sequestration spending cuts. Read more.

ASA endorses newest version of Electronic Health Records Improvement Act
ASA joined 19 other medical specialties in endorsing legislation to reform the current federal Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. The exemptions for anesthesiologists in this legislation, if enacted, would be an important step forward toward improving the EHR Incentive Program. Read more.

Calling all residents: April 2 deadline for Resident Research Essay Contest
ASA resident members who have completed original clinical or laboratory research in anesthesiology or related disciplines are encouraged to enter the ASA Resident Research Essay Contest for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™2013 annual meeting in San Francisco. Submit your manuscript to Paul Knight, M.D., Ph.D. at by April 2, 2013.

Still time to apply for ASA Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs
The Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a four-week rotation in the ASA Advocacy Division in Washington, D.C., which allows resident physicians to experience the political, legislative and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care. Learn more.

Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course, May 16-19
Only a few spots remain, so register soon for the UCSF-sponsored "Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course," May 16-19, 2013, in Seattle. This course is designed to prepare anesthesia providers for work in low- and middle-income countries with a combination of lectures, a world-class faculty, simulation and practical hands-on sessions. Learn more and register today.

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Earn CME with this month's featured journal article
Earn CME credit while learning about current developments in the science and clinical practice of anesthesiology with the featured article in the April issue of Anesthesiology, "Preoperative Estimates of Glomerular Filtration Rate as Predictors of Outcome after Surgery" and the accompanying editorial "Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate: More Bang for the Buck." Answer six questions online to earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Subscribe now.

ASA Career Center
ASA members are not just ordinary job seekers - they are part of a society of industry professionals who care about their career development and have the qualifications to pique the interest of any anesthesiology employer. The ASA Career Center allows you to take control of your future and build a stronger presence among the industry's top employers. Excel in your job search today!

This Issues Special Feature  

Anesthesiology calendar note from the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

Heidbrink Anesthetizer, Model T
Like Detroit's Henry Ford, dentist Jay Heidbrink of Minneapolis evolved this "Model T" - as a highpoint in his evolving series of "Anesthetizers." This one featured a stopwatch for timing not only pulses or respirations but also the duration of hypoxic or even anoxic anesthetics. As anesthesia machinery sales declined for S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Company, they grew for the Heidbrink Company.


- George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.

(Courtesy of the Anesthesiology 2013 Calendar; copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)



















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