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September 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 9
AMOC: Heart of the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 Annual Meeting John M. Zerwas, M.D., ASA President

As the famous song alludes to, countless millions have left their hearts in San Francisco through the years. As the host city of the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting, the City by the Bay will get a lot of attention, and for good reason: it’s one of the most beautiful and entertaining cities in the world. As we prepare for what we hope to be the best-attended meeting in ASA history, we’d like to warn you about losing your heart to this city, but also draw your attention to what could be described as the “heart” of the annual meeting: the ASA’s Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, or AMOC.

Like a giant umbrella, AMOC and its hard-working volunteers help to coordinate almost every aspect of the annual meeting. Working closely with the ASA staff, AMOC members begin preparation for each meeting months and even years in advance of a given year. Attention to detail is paramount in a meeting’s preparation, and AMOC gives its full attention to everything from audio-visual requirements, to social activities, to speaker invitations, to housing, and everything in between.

Education, though, is the lifeblood of the annual meeting, and the AMOC committee members have their fingers on the pulse of the subspecialty education that makes our meeting so dynamic and important in medicine. Members of the AMOC in 2013 are:

  • Audrée A. Bendo, M.D., M.S., Chair
  • Michael F. O’Connor, M.D., First Vice Chair
  • Karen B. Domino, M.D., M.P.H., Second Vice Chair
  • Andrew D. Rosenberg, M.D., Immediate Past Annual Meeting Oversight Chair
  • Arnold J. Berry, M.D., Vice President for Scientific Affairs
  • Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., Assistant Treasurer
  • James C. Eisenach, M.D., Anesthesiology Editor-in-Chief
  • Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D., Pain Medicine Educational Track Chair
  • Vincent W.S. Chan, M.D., Regional Anesthesia Educational Track Chair
  • Brenda A. Gentz, M.D., Fundamentals of Anesthesiology Educational Track Chair
  • Michael Goldberg, M.D., Scientific & Educational Exhibit Chair
  • Joy L. Hawkins, M.D., Scientific Advisory Chair
  • David L. Hepner, M.D., Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLD) Chair
  • Girish P. Joshi, M.B., B.S., M.D., Ambulatory Anesthesiology Educational Track Chair
  • Zeev N. Kain, M.D., M.B.A., Pediatric Anesthesiology Educational Track Chair
  • Robert S. Lagasse, M.D., Professional Issues Educational Track Chair
  • Scott Reeves, M.D., M.B.A., Cardiac Anesthesia Educational Track Chair
  • Sulpicio G. Soriano, M.D., Neuroanesthesia Educational Track Chair
  • Lawrence C. Tsen, M.D., Obstetric Anesthesia Educational Track Chair
  • Avery Tung, M.D., Critical Care Educational Track Chair

  • The renowned experts mentioned above are responsible for organizing the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting educational content into Learning Tracks, which are designed to address practice gaps and overall educational needs in the critical subspecialty areas in our field. The 10 Learning Tracks allow our attendees the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest and learn the most current science in their chosen specialty tracks.

    I’d also like to acknowledge that Arnold J. Berry, M.D. ends his term as Vice President for Scientific Affairs this year. Former chair of the Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, Daniel J. Cole, M.D., had this to say about Dr. Berry’s dedicated service:

    “Arnold has been a giant in the area of education for anesthesiologists. His innovation and planning have impacted each one of us and he has truly made a difference in the quality of patient care,” said Dr. Cole. “Over the years I have been privileged to work with Arnold in a number of areas. His vision has always been to use the tools of education in a manner that has the greatest impact on quality of patient care, are most relevant to a physician’s practice, and to use educational formats that are most accessible to the learner with the greatest learner engagement. I know the Society, our profession and, most of all, our patients thank you for the legacy you have left.”

    The theme for 2013, “Global Partners in Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety,” captures the essence of the scientific exchange, educational possibilities and networking opportunities offered in San Francisco this year.

    Simply put – without the hard work and knowledge of our AMOC members, the annual meeting could not exist. As it is, these expert volunteers have helped to create what will surely be the most comprehensive and entertaining educational event in anesthesiology.

    You may or may not leave your heart in San Francisco this October, but you’ll surely take home with you the fruits of the labors of the Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight – the “heart” of the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

    John M. Zerwas, M.D. is an anesthesiologist with Greater Houston Anesthesiology, PA, Houston, Texas. He is a Member of the Texas House of Representatives.

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