As anesthesiologists became the front-line physicians caring for the sickest COVID patients, ASA moved to the forefront in providing real-time resources not just for our members, but for the global health care community.
Our COVID-19 Council created rapid-response solutions, teaming with the broadest variety of stakeholders, from the American Hospital Association, to the AMA, to the American College of Healthcare Executives, to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, with whom we collaborated on a number of joint statements, notably on perioperative testing for COVID and elective surgery.
We developed a widely accessed library of position statements and educational resources, including
Regrettably, COVID kept us from sharing knowledge in person, but it opened up new – and sometimes even improved – ways of communicating. On March 19, we held our first COVID virtual town hall – attended by more than 5,000 ASA members! Seven more followed. Overall, from March through August, our webinars engaged more than 39,000 registrants.
All of ASA leveraged virtual platforms in 2020
COVID changed the way we learned, but in no way affected the quality of our offerings.
The ASA website posted unheard of numbers in 2020 as ASA members increasingly turned to the site for an evolving variety of resources. Compared to 2019, there were:
Made for This Moment
First-of-its-kind campaign to demonstrate the value of our specialty
In 2020, the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) continued to improve data collection platforms for NACOR, AIRS, and Closed Claims. As always, the aim was to strengthen value to members while building a richer dataset for the specialty.
Back row, from left: Kenneth Elmassian, DO, FASA; Ronald L. Harter, MD, FASA; Patrick Giam, MD, FASA; Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA; Michael Champeau, MD, FASA; Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD, FASA; Donald E. Arnold, MD, FASA; Kraig S. de Lanzac, MD, FASA; and Immediate Past President Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA. Front row, from left: President-Elect Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA; President Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA; and Randall M. Clark, MD, FASA.