Join ASA and advocate for patient-centered, physician-led care. Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2019 is an action-packed, week-long event to alert policymakers, the media and the public that when seconds count, physician anesthesiologists save lives. Throughout the week, ASA members will meet with policymakers, engage with local media and on social media, and connect with colleagues, patient advocates, and the community. There has never been a more important time to advocate for the specialty of anesthesiology and your patients.
Check out the Physician Anesthesiologists Week support materials, including:
Recorded Webinar (mp4) Note: webinar starts at 6:10.
On Wednesday, December 12, ASA held a webinar to provide an overview of Physician Anesthesiologists Week tools and activities available for use to ensure a successful week of public outreach.
Toolkit (doc) The Toolkit provides instructions and templates for members who are meeting with policymakers, engaging with local and social media, as well as connecting with colleagues, patients and the community. Note: The toolkit has been updated to include additional media outreach materials such as a template pitch letter, template news release regarding what parents should know about opioids and pain management, a template letter to the editor and media talking points.
Poster and Table Tents
The poster and table tents highlighting the specialty, can be ordered for display in surgery centers, academic departments hospitals and pain clinics.
When Seconds Count® Policymaker Brochure (pdf)
The brochure explains the importance of patient-centered, physician-led care and provides facts on the difference this makes in the quality of care. It compares the education and training of physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists and gives brief stories that some ASA members have shared on lives saved.
ASA members Della M. Lin, M.D., and Erin Sullivan, M.D., FASA, describe how to make Physician Anesthesiologists Week a success in your community.
Be Part of the Conversation – #PhysAnesWk19 See how your colleagues are promoting the week in their community and be a part of the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #PhysAnesWk19.
Social Media Sample Posts
Use the following sample posts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to include an image from the library below.
Sample Post 1: This week, ASA is celebrating patient-centered, physician-led care — especially when it comes to managing our patients' pain. Learn more about how physician anesthesiologists can combat the opioid crisis: https://www.asahq.org/whensecondscount/pain-management/opioid-treatment/what-are-opioids/ #PhysAnesWk19
Sample Post 2: Physician anesthesiologists who specialize in pain management can help you or someone you love find alternatives to opioids. Learn more: https://www.asahq.org/whensecondscount/pain-management/non-opioid-treatment/ #PhysAnesWk19
Customizable Web Banner ASA members can download, customize, and post the Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2019 web banner on websites and social media. Use the following instructions:
InDesign Package (zip) – For State Component Societies or ASA members who have access to a webmaster or a graphic designer, use the InDesign file to insert your logo. Save your updated web banner as a new PNG file and post it on your website and social media accounts throughout December, January and through February 2.
PNG – For State Component Societies or ASA members who do not have a design software license, use the web banner in the PNG format. This can be posted directly to your website and social media accounts.
State Proclamation Submission Guide & Template
A proclamation commends individuals or announces upcoming events or celebrations through a formal public announcement or declaration made by government officials. Physician Anesthesiologists Week is the perfect opportunity to ask for a proclamation to honor and recognize the critical role physician anesthesiologists play in keeping patients safe in your state or community.
The opioid infographic includes a timeline of the evolution of the opioid epidemic and how physician anesthesiologists are forging the path to a solution.
Download and share the images below via social media.