The CSA Board of Directors fall meeting took place on September 15-16 in Los Angeles.
ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, MD, FASA, spoke to the board members on Friday evening about professional citizenship, discussing the importance of every member engaging in the political and policy arenas to advance and protect physician-led anesthesia care. Dr. Plagenhoef was the special guest at a reception hosted on Thursday evening by LA-area Districts 3, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Dr. Plagenhoef also presented Grand Rounds on Friday morning to the Department of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Among the actions taken by the Board at its meeting on Saturday were:
- Conditional approval of a service agreement with a corporation, YourMembership, to provide a web-based career center for CSA members, which has been identified as a priority in recent membership surveys.
- Approval to proceed with a market research project to better understand the needs of CSA members and non-members, including specific member segments – residents, young physicians, private practice, etc. Membership research is a best practice among professional associations seeking to increase member engagement and enhance member value.
- Approval of the bylaws and articles of incorporation for the CSA Foundation for Education. Establishment of the Foundation was approved by the Board in March, and affirmed by the House of Delegates at its June meeting. The CSA Foundation for Education will seek to raise funds from individual members and corporate interests. Donations will fund CSA’s engagement in support of high school STEM education (specifically the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences curriculum), resident research projects, and public education in the areas of patient safety and the history of anesthesiology in California.
CSA’s committees also had a busy weekend. Among the highlights:
Keith Chamberlin, MD, MBA, chaired the first meeting of the new Committee on Practice Management. The committee reviewed the work that CSA’s advocacy team has done to shape the implementation of AB 72, which concerns out-of-network billing and payment. The committee recommended a dedicated CSA web page to serve as resource for members concerning AB 72 implementation, and a communications strategy to provide members with regular updates and inform them how to help to shape future regulations.
The new Committee on Legislative Affairs conducted its first meeting under the guidance of Interim Chair Narendra Trivedi, MD. The committee held an in-depth discussion about CSA’s strategy to introduce Certified Anesthesiology Assistants to California. Please look for future updates on this topic.
The Committee on Resident Representation is chaired this year by District 15 Director Rexford Pearce, MD, of Harbor UCLA. The committee recommended the development of a social media strategy to engage anesthesiology residents throughout California by providing information of specific importance to them, including career management, preparing for board exams, negotiating contracts, and updates from individual programs.
Comprised of all 15 District Directors, and chaired by Assistant Secretary, Philip Levin, MD, the Membership Committee reviewed and made recommendations to the Board on the career center website and market research proposals.
Under the leadership of Chair Ronald Pearl, MD, PhD, the Education and Programs Division approved the formation of a task force to analyze and implement ACGME’s Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation; directed staff to investigate the feasibility of a third Hawaii meeting; and announced program chairs for upcoming meetings: Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, of UCLA, Fall 2018, and Adrian Gelb, MB, ChB, of UCSF, Winter 2019.