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March 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 3
ASA Education Center: There’s a Lot to Learn Diane Gambill, Ph.D. ASA Chief Learning Officer

Learn something new every day – That’s a core strategy for lifelong learning and my own personal philosophy as a lifelong learner and educator. But how do you find the time to learn and decide where to look with the ever-expanding volume of new information in science and medicine? The solution might literally be at your fingertips.

The Education Center website, launched at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2011 annual meeting, was designed to help meet all your education and CME needs. In a little over a year, the Education Center has attracted more than 15,000 registered users and currently offers access to more than 100 individual educational activities. The site allows you to explore ASA’s suite of live meetings, e-learning modules and traditional print activities.

In addition to serving as a resource for education activities, you can track your personal ASA education history, claim credit for attendance at live meetings sponsored by ASA, and print CME certificates for your records – all in one place.

If you haven’t visited the Education Center recently, here are some highlights of what is now available.

MOCA® activities: ASA offers education activities that meet ABA’s requirements for MOCA® Part 2 and 4. Be sure to look for the latest editions of Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) and Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) as well as the following:

  • Patient Safety modules on more than a dozen topics, including a selection of outstanding presentations from the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting.
  • Self-Assessment Module in Pain Medicine (SAM-PM) – a new self-study module, created through a partnership with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA).
  • Simulation training, including a current listing of the ASA-endorsed Simulation Education Network centers.
  • Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) modules, created in collaboration with the Anesthesia Quality Institute, that guide you through case evaluation on a variety of clinical issues such as hyperglycemia, obstructive sleep apnea, mechanical ventilation and many others.

  • ASA is also developing education activities to meet the needs of anesthesiologists in the early stages of their careers. Look for the release of our new online series of modules focusing on the basics of practice management and for residents transitioning into practice. The ASA Committee on Ethics has just completed an outstanding module that complements the new Syllabus on Ethics.

    And there is much more! Our committees, editorial boards and staff continue to work on creating fresh content for you. Visit to see for yourself.

    Diane Gambill, Ph.D. is ASA Chief Learning Officer.

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