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April 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 4
ASA News


A Message From the Governance Support Unit: Announcement of Candidates for Elected Office
In accordance with section 2.6 of the Administrative Procedures, ASA is pleased to announce that notices of intent to run for elected offices are being accepted through Monday, July 1, 2013. Any prospective candidate for ASA office may send a Notice of Intent to run for a specified office. “Job Descriptions” for each office are available from the Governance Support Unit of the Executive Office. Prospective office-seekers are encouraged to obtain the relevant job description(s) as each contains not only the duties of each office, but the inherent time commitment involved.

Notices of Intent are requested to be submitted to Governance Support Unit staff at governance@ASAhq.org. Each notice submitted should be accompanied by a Web-ready photograph, an abbreviated (one-page) curriculum vitae (CV) and a Statement of Candidacy. The Governance Support Unit will compile a list of candidates submitted. This list will be published in the September NEWSLETTER, the Handbook for Delegates and will be posted, along with the photo, CV and statement, to the Candidates for Office page of the ASA website.

An announcement of candidacy does not constitute a formal nomination to an office, nor is it a prerequisite for being nominated. Nominations are formally made at the first session of the House of Delegates for all candidates as prescribed by the ASA Bylaws.

Nominations for Distinguished Service Award
The House of Delegates has established policies governing the selection of a recipient for ASA’s Distinguished Service Award. Procedures for the submission of nominations and selection of a candidate for 2013 will be as follows:

  • Any member of ASA or a component society may submit the names of individuals for consideration for this award.
  • Nominations must be submitted on the nomination forms, which may be obtained from Sandy Cincotti at governance@asahq.org, together with current curriculum vitae.

  • Nomination forms should be submitted to:
    Mark A. Warner, M.D.
    Committee on Distinguished Service Award
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    520 N. Northwest Highway
    Park Ridge, IL 60068-2573

    Nomination forms, together with current curriculum vitae, are requested to be received by the Executive Office by close of business on May 15, 2013.

    The committee will review the names of nominees submitted and recommend to the House of Delegates the name of no more than one candidate. Selection of a candidate shall require a two-thirds vote of the full committee. The Distinguished Service Award may be given to an ASA member for outstanding clinical, educational or scientific achievement or contribution to the specialty and/or exemplary service to the Society.

  • No officer of ASA shall be eligible for selection.
  • Should the committee select a candidate to enter into nomination in the House of Delegates, the name of the candidate shall not be disclosed until placed in nomination before the House of Delegates.
  • Final selection of the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award shall be made by the House of Delegates by secret ballot and shall require a two-thirds vote of those seated in the House of Delegates.

  • Nominations for Honorary Member
    The House of Delegates has established policies governing the selection of Honorary Members. Procedures for the submission of nominations and selection of a candidate for 2013 will be as follows:

  • Any member of ASA or a component society may submit the names of individuals for consideration for this award. An honorary member is a physician, a scientist or other individual not otherwise eligible for active membership in the Society who has attained outstanding eminence in anesthesiology or related fields.
  • Nominations must be submitted on the nomination forms, which may be obtained from Sandy Cincotti at governance@asahq.org, together with current curriculum vitae.

  • Nomination forms should be submitted to:
    Mark A. Warner, M.D.
    Committee on Distinguished Service Award
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    520 N. Northwest Highway
    Park Ridge, IL 60068-2573

    Nomination forms, together with current curriculum vitae, are requested to be received by the Executive Office by close of business on May 15, 2013.

    The committee will review the names of nominees sub-mitted and may make recommendations of candidates to the House of Delegates. Nomination(s), along with a summary of the nominee’s achievements and qualifications, shall be submitted to the House of Delegates for approval by secret ballot with two-thirds vote of those voting in each body.

    Nominations Sought for Media Award
    ASA members have appeared in countless broadcast, online and print media placements over the past year. To recognize these placements, the Philip S. Weintraub Media Award is presented each year to members of the press who have effectively educated the public about the specialty of anesthesiology.

    The Committee on Communications is now accepting entries for the 2013 media award. ASA members are encouraged to nominate local or national media placements from broadcast (television or radio), online and print (newspaper or magazine) outlets.

    Last year’s winners include:
  • Courtney Humphries from MIT Technology Review for her January/February 2012 feature article “The Mystery Behind Anesthesia.”
  • Benita Zahn, M.S. at WNYT NewsChannel 13 for her March 29, 2012 segment “Anesthesia Shortages.”
  • Katherine Harmon of Scientific American for her October 3, 2012 article “What Is Propofol – and How Could It Have Killed Michael Jackson?

  • The 2013 Philip S. Weintraub Media Award recipients will receive a plaque presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting on October 13, 2013 in San Francisco.

    The deadline for all nominations that aired or published between October 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013, is September 9, 2013. All entries should be sent to the ASA Chair of the Committee on Communications, John F. Dombrowski, M.D., at communications@asahq.org or 520 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068-2573.

    ABA Relocation
    The American Board of Anesthesiology would like to announce its new address and telephone numbers:

    The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.
    4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1500
    Raleigh, NC 27609-5765
    Communications Center
    Telephone: (866) 999-7501
    Fax: (866) 999-7503
    Telephone: (919) 745-2200
    Fax: (919) 745-2201

    Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) 2014 Grant Program
    Announcing guidelines for grant applications to be selected on Saturday, October 12, 2013 (ASA annual meeting) and scheduled for funding starting January 1, 2014. Maximum award is $150,000 for a study conducted over a maximum of 2 years.

    The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Grant Program supports research directed toward enhancing anesthesia patient safety. Its major objective is to stimulate studies leading to prevention of mortality and morbidity resulting from anesthesia mishaps.

    The APSF Scientific Evaluation Committee will designate one of the funded proposals as the recipient of the Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., M.D. Merit Award that carries with it an additional unrestricted award of $5,000.

    ANTICIPATED 2013-2014 NAMED AWARDS
  • APSF/American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) President’s Endowed Research Award
  • APSF/American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Endowed Research Award

  • Submissions due online no later than Sunday, June 16, 2013 (23:59 EDT) See www.apsf.org for grant guidelines and other information.






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