Get Involved - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

There are many ways to get involved with the ASA Resident Component and take advantage of related opportunities geared toward residents including:

Residents can serve on any ASA committee, which are appointed by the ASA President annually. There is certainly one to fit your interest. Residents and fellows are encouraged to apply. There is an open call for self-nominations every year November 15 to January 15. 

2017 APSF Resident Quality Improvement Recognition Program
Detailed submission instructions will become available on the APSF website homepage under the “Announcements” section  in summer of 2018. Program submissions will consist of a video describing your QI project. Submissions are limited to one entry per U.S. anesthesiology residency training program. Submissions are typically due in August. Designated members of APSF Committee on Education and Training will review all submissions. The top two project winners will receive financial awards and be recognized during the ASA Resident Component House of Delegates at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting in Boston, MA. Please email any inquiries to and a committee member will promptly respond.

Read about the importance of resident advocacy and increasing the resident voice in the AMA.

Write a Residents’ Review article
The ASA Resident Component is responsible for one article each month in the ASA MONITOR™. The ASA Residents’ Review co-editors are always looking for qualified people with good ideas to write articles. Got an idea for a good article? Let the editors know.

Run for an officer position on the ASA Resident Component Governing Council 
At the annual meeting, we elect your Resident Component President-elect, Alternate delegate to the AMA Resident and Fellow Section, Secretary and “Residents’ Review” Co-editor. Consider running for office! For inclusion in the Resident Component House of Delegates Handbook; an application, a CV and statement of interest will be submitted from each nominee. All materials will be due September 1, 2018.

Participate in the ASA Resident Component House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting 
Usually this meeting takes place in October during the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting and rotates location. There you will vote on resolutions, make policy decisions and elect your representatives. Your state society appoints resident delegates. Contact your state society for details.

Take advantage of FAER career development and grant opportunities
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) provides educational opportunities and career development for anesthesiologists, residents and medical students. Advancing anesthesia education is core to FAER’s mission, and it is core to many of FAER’s programs.  For anesthesia residents actively beginning careers in academics and research, the FAER Resident Scholar Program provides a gateway to the latest knowledge in the specialty. Learn more about FAER.

Organize and host a Resident Regional Meeting 
The ASA offers $1,000 annually to groups of residents in each of the ASA’s five regions who want to organize a regional meeting. The residents can choose the topic of the meeting and are encouraged to apply for and obtain matching grants from the state anesthesia societies.

Contact and coordinate with your state anesthesia society 
Often your participation in the ASA is guided and sponsored by your state society. You can find your state component and contact information here. The ASA Resident Component is always exploring ways to help residents become as active as possible at the state level.

AMSA Education and Career Development Opportunities
AMSA is national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are residents, practicing physicians, medical students, premedical students, and interns. AMSA is committed to improving medical training and the nation's health, as well as providing clinical skills workshop volunteer opportunities. Learn more about AMSA

The ACGME Review Committee Resident Member 
The ACGME invites all interested ASA Resident Component members to apply for each term as the Resident Member on the Review Committee (RRC) for Anesthesiology. The deadline for ASA resident members' applications will be posted for each subsequent nomination term. More information will be posted closer to the date of the next nomination term.

The Anesthesia Foundation – Helping Anesthesiologists Succeed
The Anesthesia Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by a group of concerned anesthesiologists in 1956 to provide low interest loans to residents in anesthesiology who were in need of financial assistance. The Anesthesia Foundation can provide low interest loans up to $7,500 to residents in financial need with easy repayment terms that commence after graduation from residency or fellowship. The goals and the purposes of the Foundation are: to support young physicians in their choice of anesthesiology as a specialty; support specific projects that enhance the specialty of anesthesiology and are not supported by other agencies; and recognize and preserve the American heritage of anesthesiology. Learn more about this opportunity.

Contact your ASA Resident Component Governing Council leadership with questions or suggestions.

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