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 2021 Mentoring Grant Program is funded in part by ASA Industry Supporters: Edwards Lifesciences, Fresenius Kabi, Heron Therapeutics, Masimo, Medtronic, and Merck.
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 2021 grant is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 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:
- Join 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.
- 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.
For 2021 applicants, the committee will review all submissions and notify the mentor/mentee pairs of potential funding status and support of the project by August 7, 2021. Funding to grant recipients will be distributed via mailed check after the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021 annual meeting. A one-page written update of the progress of the project will be due June 30, 2022.
Mentees are expected to give a one-slide, five-minute presentation at the Committee on Professional Diversity reception at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting upon completion of their project at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2022. If attendance is possible, mentees are also encouraged to give a brief overview of their project at this same event at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021.
For questions or comments, please contact DiversityMentor@asahq.org . We look forward to seeing this year’s projects!
The 2020 Mentoring Grant Program was funded in part by ASA Industry Supporters: Edwards Lifesciences, Fresenius Kabi, Heron Therapeutics, Masimo, Medtronic, and Merck.
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
Ruben Azocar, MD, MHA/Rebecca Hamilton, MD
Can Global Health opportunities for Residents Benefit the Quality of Anesthesia Training?
Kathy Glas, MD/Vinita Singh, MD
Improving Unconscious Bias Awareness amongst Anesthesiologists
Fatoumata Kromah, MD/Chinwe Anumudu, MD
Consequences of Implicit Bias on Resident Evaluations Illustrated by Internal Medicine Residencies in the U.S.
Yelena Spitzer, MD/Nitish Gupta, MD
Effect of Language-Specific Educational Videos on Patient Anxiety and Satisfaction in the Labor & Delivery Suite
Annemarie Thompson, MD/Elizabeth Malinzak, MD
Examining Gender and Racial Diversity in Anesthesiology Grand Rounds
January Tsai, MD/Omar Alnatour
Anesthesiology Education in Developing Countries through Airway, Vascular, and Regional Workshops
Anna Woodbury, MD and Grant Lynde, MD, MBA/Melat Gebre, BS
An Evidence-Based Educational Program to Increase Multimodal Analgesia and Decrease Perioperative Opioid Administration
Luis Tollinche, MD, FASA; Cindy Yeoh, MD, FASA/Richard Shi
Healthcare Providers and Transgender Health: A Single Institution Survey to Drive Quality of Care Improvements for the Transgender Population
Roya Yumul, MD, PhD and James Grant, MD, FASA/Adam Milam, MD
Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Anesthesiology Residency Interview Process
Acsa Zavala, MD/Karen Delgado
Introduction of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification in Underdeveloped Countries and Sister Institutions of MD Anderson Cancer Center