The mission of the Committee on Professional Diversity is to promote membership and support members of diverse backgrounds, which include gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and religious affiliation. The duties of the committee include addressing issues that affect members’ professional development and career satisfaction, and to promote an environment that encourages personal well-being and contentment as caring physicians, productive professionals and responsible family members.
Call for Proposals
The ASA Committee on Professional Diversity’s annual call for proposals for the ASA Mentoring Grant Program is now open. The goal of this grant is to foster diversity within ASA through mentorship. The program provides funding up to $5,000 to mentor/mentee pairs who submit a project that addresses the goals of the Committee on Professional Diversity. The project may be oriented to research, education, political advocacy or an organized medicine endeavor that clearly speaks to the mission and duties of the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity.
The matched mentee/mentor pair should submit their application form, individual curricula vitae and a 1-2 page description of their project to the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity via the web portal. The deadline for the 2022 grant is Thursday, June 30, 2022. The submission should include:
- A detailed description of the project’s objective along with an explanation of how it will enhance the professional growth and leadership potential of the mentee.
- A designation of the length of time, required equipment/supplies, travel, meetings and requested funding; also include co-funding provided by the home institution of record in support of the project chosen by the mentee/mentor, if any. No electronic equipment such as computers or tablets may be included in the budget. The grant does not cover operational expenses, institutional or grant administrative costs, food, or beverage. Total budget should not exceed $5,000.
- Potential barriers to the completion of the grant.
- Description of how this project speaks to the mission and duties of the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity.
Both the mentor and mentee must be active members of ASA and their state component society at the time of submission of their application.
Mentors should be well-established clinicians, educators and researchers, as well as current ASA leaders who have an interest in and passion for mentoring a rising medical student, anesthesiology resident/fellow, junior faculty member, or new graduate in private practice. An ASA leader is defined as an individual who has the following experience:
- Is currently an ASA member and has been so at least 2 consecutive years,
- Has served on an ASA committee, editorial board, or House of Delegates (Board included), and
- Is a member of their state anesthesia component.
The mentor will voluntarily provide guidance, direction and counsel to the mentee on a mutually agreed-upon project. The 1-2 year project must have the goal of enhancing the professional career, leadership potential and active involvement of the mentee within ASA. Mentors will be held responsible for submitting a half-year report on the progress of the grant by June 30, 2022 and ensuring their mentees are upholding the expectations of the grant, including advocacy.
Email reminders for the half-year progress report will be sent to the mentor/mentee pair in May. If a progress report is not received in a timely manner, the mentor will be prohibited from applying for another ASA Mentoring Grant for two years.
Mentees should be ASA members of diverse racial, ethnic or gender backgrounds who are interested in gaining experience in leadership, exposure to research, education or political advocacy opportunities within ASA. Mentees may be medical students, anesthesiology residents/fellows, junior faculty members, or new graduates in private practice. In addition to facilitating their chosen project and maintaining regular interaction with their mentors, mentees are expected to:
- Be members of their ASA state component society and attend at least one local meeting annually; volunteering for involvement within component activities and local and ASAPAC participation is encouraged. Mentees may volunteer with their state component society instead of being members if they are ineligible for membership (some states do not have membership levels for medical students, for example).
- Self-nominate for at least one ASA or subspecialty society committee and actively participate if selected.
- Submit an educational, clinical or research abstract, or poster at the ASA or subspecialty society meeting within 12 months of project completion.
- Along with their mentor, briefly present their project at the annual ASA Committee on Professional Diversity meeting.
- Submit half-year progress report on the status of the grant.
Contributions to ASAPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Participation in ASAPAC is voluntary. You may contribute more or less or refuse to contribute without reprisal. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to contribute.
For 2022 applicants, the committee will review all submissions and notify the mentor/mentee pairs of potential funding status and support of the project by August 12, 2022. Funding to grant recipients will be distributed after the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2022 annual meeting. A one-page written update of the progress of the project will be due June 30, 2023.
Mentees are expected to give a one-slide, five-minute presentation at the Committee on Professional Diversity virtual event after the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting upon completion of their project at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2023. If attendance is possible, mentees are also encouraged to give a brief overview of their project at this same virtual event after ANESTHESIOLOGY 2022.
For questions or comments, please contact DiversityMentor@asahq.org to reach Lauren Keith, staff liaison for CPD. We look forward to seeing this year’s projects!
The Mentoring Grant Program is funded in part by ASA Industry Supporters: Baudax Bio, Edwards Lifesciences, Fresenius Kabi, Heron Therapeutics, Masimo, Medtronic, and Merck.
Amr Abouleish, MD / Brandy Watson Wright, MD
Building Equity Through Sponsorship: A pilot program for underrepresented early career anesthesiologists
Adela Aguirre-Alarcon, MD, MS / Felix Dailey Sterling, MD
The association between the patients’ race and ethnicity and the loss of the ability to live independently after surgery - A hospital registry study from a healthcare network in the Bronx
Mary Arthur, MD, FASE, FASA / Jasmeen Kaur, MBBS
Equipping Anesthesia Providers in the Time-limited Preoperative Interview to More Effectively Evaluate Patients Through a Lens of Cultural Competency
Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD / Niti Pawar
Evaluating Loan Burden in Minorities in Anesthesiology and its Impact on Well-Being, Board Scores, and Career Planning
Wanda Chin, MD / Bret Robinson, MD & Jessica Otah, MD
Microaggressions and unconscious bias in perioperative care
Destiny Chau, MD / Caroline Martinello, MD
Developing leadership skills in underrepresented academic junior faculty for anesthesiology department representation in multidisciplinary team initiatives
Arman Dagal, MD, FRCA, MHA / Maeve Muldowney, MB, BCh, BAO, FCAI
Introduction of Virtual Reality Simulation to Anesthesia Resident Education
Elizabeth Drum, MD / Annery Garcia-Marcinkiewicz, MD
Health Literacy and Pediatric Anesthesia: Understanding disparities in health literacy levels by race and ethnicity
Paul S. Garcia, MD, PhD / Morgan C. Graves, MD
Rate of Emergence in anesthetized GABA α4 subunit knockout mice using non-GABA agents
Judith Handley, MD / Caryl Bailey, MD
Building Medical Student Interest in the Anesthesia Specialty Among Women and People of Color Utilizing Early Introduction and Simulation
Michael Hofkamp, MD & Feyce Peralta, MD, MS / Angelica Hatfield, MD
The effect of an educational intervention on labor epidural analgesia utilization stratified by race: an impact study
Vilma Joseph, MD, MPH, FASA / Sherica Thomas, MD
Quality of Patient Care and Workplace Diversity In Anesthesiology
Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP / Varun Yarabarla
Systematic Review: Determining the Impact of Gender and Racial Inequality on Diversity within Academic Anesthesiology and Surgery
Jacqueline M. Leung, MD, MPH / Solmaz Manuel, MD
The Effect of Language Barriers on Recovery Following Gynecologic Surgery
Kimberley R. Nichols, MD, FASA / Tanisha Verneus
Improving Efforts to Recruit Underrepresented Trainees in Anesthesiology Through the American Society of Anesthesiologists Medical Student Component
Jaime Ortiz, MD, MBA, FASA & Quisqueya Palacios, MD / Mgbechi Ugonna Erondu, MD, MFA
One Baylor: A Pilot Intervention to Improve URM Representation in an Anesthesiology Residency Program
Sher-Lu Pai, MD, FASA / Jennifer Lee, DO
Intracardiac Thrombosis During Liver Transplantation: A 22-year Single-institution Study
Jenny Pennycuff, MD, MS / Tiguiran Kane, DO, MS
Understanding Perceived Barriers of Black Women Pursuing a career in Academic Anesthesiology
Sujatha Ramachandran, MD, MACM & David Adams, MD / Camille Fontaine, MD
Enhancing Recruitment Processes To Facilitate The Development of a Diverse Work Force in Anesthesiology
Victor Ramon Davila, MD, FASA / Mohammed Mushtaq Ahmed Hakim, MD
Diversity as an Opportunity for Leadership and Engagement
Shamantha Reddy, MD, FASA / Karen Paltoo, MD
COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers. Does age, gender, level of education, occupation, and racial/ethnic background play a role?
J. Ross Renew, MD, FASA, FASE / Vivian Hernandez-Torres, MD
Improving perioperative neuromuscular function assessment in restricted arm movement surgical setting.
Lisa P. Solomon, DO, FASA / Eseosa Aiwerioghene
Mentoring the Next Generation URiM Anesthesiologists
Luis Tollinche, MD & Cindy Yeoh, MD, FASA / Kevin Yue Zhu, BS
Disparities in pain: association of race, ethnicity, and gender with perioperative and postoperative management of pain in thoracic surgery patients
Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, FASA / Sindhu Krishnan, MD
Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Radiofrequency Ablation and Epidural Steroid Injection Among the Medicare Population
Mark Zakowski, MD, FASA / Cesar Padilla, MD
Early Career Curriculum in Anesthesiology: A Course for Professional Advancement in Anesthesiology for Underrepresented Undergraduate and Medical Students
Amr Abouleish, MD, MBA/Jenny Pennycuff, MD, MS
Increasing Diversity Through Leadership: A Pilot Project
Valerie E. Armstead, MD, DABA, FAAP/Noreen Tiangco, MD
Transcendental Meditation as an Effective Intervention for Stress Reduction and Suicide Prevention in Anesthesiology Residents
Mary Arthur, MD, FASE, FASA/Dat Phat Vu, MD
The Impact of COVID-19 on Shifting Attitudes Towards Asian Patients and Healthcare Providers
Siva Arumugam MD, FASA/Uju Momah, BA
Enhancing Student Access and Exposure to Anesthesiology by Creating an Educational Pipeline Program
Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD, FAAHPM, FCCM/Adjoa Boateng, MD, MPH
Critical Care Health Disparities: A Systematic Review of the Impact of Race & Ethnicity on ARDS and Acute Lung Injury
Alexandra Bastien, MD/Terry-Ann Chambers, MD
Tackling inequities in perioperative healthcare delivery – “there’s an app for that…”
Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD/Brittany N. Burton MD, MHS, MAS
The Digital Divide: Race and Ethnicity with use of Preoperative Tele-Anesthesia Consultation
Dawn Dillman, MD/Vy Phuong Le, MD
Mentorship Amongst Women in Anesthesiology
Elizabeth T. Drum, MD FAAP FCPP, FASA/Betelehem Asnake, MS, MD
MuluMentor – virtual mentorship platform for underrepresented pre-medical students
Odinakachukwu Ehie, MD and Alexandra Lewis, MD/Grace N. Kibuule, MD, MBA
Survey on Microaggression in the Workplace
Herodotos Ellinas MD/Isabel F. Pesola, MD
Implementing Telemedicine Preanesthesia Assessments in Underserved Populations
Harriet Hopf, MD/Megha Vipani
Factors Influencing the Choice of Anesthesiology as a Career by Women and Individuals from Underrepresented Groups
Brook Hyatt, MD/Ali Mosa
The impact of ethnicity on clinical outcomes of health care professionals in COVID-19
Vilma A. Joseph, MD, MPH, FASA/Nancy Olowo, MD
The impact of a wellness intervention on the burnout potential of underrepresented minority and female anesthesiology residents.
Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MS, MS, FCCM/Carlos E Estrada Alamo, MD, MBA
Rethinking the Clinical Prediction of Blood Transfusion Requirements by Integrating Machine Learning
Amy Lu, MD/Clarice Nguyen, MD
Curriculum for addressing microaggressions
Bryan Mahoney, MD/Isaac Marckenley, MD and Olga Paniagua, MD
Revealing the Biases Within: Addressing our Daily Implicit Biases and Microaggressions
Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA/Allison Fernandez, MD, MBA
Woman in Anesthesia - Encouraging Advancement in the Field of Anesthesia
Jill Mhyre, MD/Z. Ryan Mitchell, MD
Anesthesia Tech Pipeline Program
Sher-Lu Pai, MD/Hong Liang, DO
New Disease Diagnoses by the Preoperative Clinic: A Review of 15,000 Patients Scheduled for Elective Surgeries
Cathleen Peterson-Layne, MD, PhD, FASA/Sudheer Potru and Margaret Riso
Assessing Barriers to Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Pain Medicine: A Survey Study
Chantal Pyram-Vincent, MD, MPH, FASA/Lauren Sartor, MD
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mode of Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery during COVID19 Pandemic in New York State
Neeti Sadana, MD/Shara Azad, MD
Minority Barriers to Professional Advancement in Anesthesia
Gabriel E. Sarah, MD/Danielle Binler, MD, MS
An Evidence-based Educational Curriculum to Decrease Implicit Bias
Angela Selzer, MD/William Kim, MS III
Medical student perception of LGBTQIA inclusivity in anesthesiology
Ahmed M. Shalabi, MBBCh, MSc, DESA, EDRA/Bushra Abdul Aleem, MBBS
Bias in Medicine: A Sixth Sense or a Blind Spot?
Deepak Sharma, MBBS, MD, DM/Jen-Ting “Alan” Yang, MD, MS
Implementation of “SNACC Neuroanesthetic Emergencies Critical Event Treatment Guides” using PDSA model in two tertiary centers.
Lisa P. Solomon, DO, FASA/Aisha Bhatti, MS4 and Alexandra McVicker, MS4
The Investigation of Obstetric Disparities in Rockford’s Swedish American Hospital L&D
M. Angele Theard, MD/Dayle Hodge, MD, PhD
A Pathway to a Career in Medicine: The change That We Seek
Soban Umar, MD, PhD/Varina R Clark, BS
Snai1 as a Novel Therapeutic Target to Rescue Right Ventricular Failure Secondary to Pulmonary Hypertension
Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, FASA/Sarah K. Abbett, MD, MPH
Survey Assessment of Anesthesiologist Attending and Trainee Childcare Needs
Anna Woodbury, MD and Kathryn Glas, MD/Mercy Udoji, MD, CMQ
Evaluation of Regional Anesthesia Disparities for TKAs at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Corinna Yu, MD, FASA/Fatoumata Bah, MD
Addressing the Needs of English Second Language Medical Students