CSA Online First

CSA Online First is a weekly blog featuring insights from CSA members themselves.

Edited by Rita Agarwal, MD, FAAP, with contributions from CSA’s Committee on Professional and Public Communications, Online First is a place where knowledge and opinion from any one of our 3200 plus physician-anesthesiologist members can be shared, discussed and deliberated to advance the specialty of anesthesiology, the practice of medicine and society in general.

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Steven Goldfien, MD

 

Have you selected your CSA Mode of Practice Forum?

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  • Brock-Utne, John, MD, PhD
| Jul 29, 2019

John-Brock-Utne-MD-PHDIf you haven’t selected your Forum, you are missing out on representation.

Did you know that over half of the CSA members have not chosen a Forum yet?

The new CSA structure provides each CSA member with TWO ways to be represented on the CSA Board of Directors and at the House of Delegates.

Each CSA member has both a Geographical District and a Mode of Practice Forum.   

The Geographic District is easy, as it’s based on your home address, which aligns with your California State Senate district. Members were automatically placed in their District once we had their updated address information.

The Mode of Practice Forum requires you to make a selection based on your practice environment. The goal is that everyone is in the forum that best represents their needs. There are no hard and fast rules, although most will agree that the In-Training forum is easily defined as Residents and Fellows. Members from Kaiser may feel that the medium or even small practice forum fits their needs best because they have a small site. Members from Vituity may feel that they fit the large practice forum because it’s a large multi-site partnership.  If you work in more than one environment (i.e., Academic and Medium Group), pick the one that you feel best represents you.

If you pick a forum and it isn’t a good fit, don’t worry, you can change forums at any time, and we will remind you in January.  This is somewhat like open enrollment where you can change periodically (but without the time restrictions).

The primary object of the CSA forums is for members to engage in key anesthesia and health care polices as they relate to your forums/practice. However, if you have not indicated a forum then you are losing out on this important CSA initiative. And the CSA is losing out on ensuring that all members are able to engage and receive value as members.

Below are the instructions for Updating or changing your selection of Practice Forums:

Step 1: Pull up the CSA website at www.csahq.org and click the “Log In” button at the upper right-hand side of your browser.  You will need your CSA Membersuite login information.

Step 2: Log in with your credentials provided to you by CSA. Once logged in, click the “Profile” button in the upper right-hand side of your browser. This will bring you to the Profile Details page.  Scroll down to the bottom to the Quicklinks section, where you can choose the “See your full profile” section.

Step 3: Once you have chosen the “See your full profile” link it will bring up your CSA Member Portal page.  You will not be able to see your District of Forum at this point.  At the bottom of the My Profile section select “Edit My Information.” This will bring you to a page titled “Edit My Personal Information.”

Step 4: Scroll down to the section labeled “General Information” which has several items you can edit. The first item you will see is a box titled “Mode of Practice Forum.” Here is where you can select (or change) your Mode of Practice Forum and select “Save Changes.”

If you have any questions, please contact CSA Membership Manager Evan Wise in the CSA office at (916) 290-5830 or at ewise@amgroup.us

Thank you for being part of the CSA. As Paul Yost always says: "Together we are stronger".

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