CSA's celebration of Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2016 got off to an excellent start yesterday in Sacramento, as Assembly Assistant Speaker pro Tem David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced a resolution on the Assembly floor recognizing the week, January 31 through February 6. This is the second annual Physician Anesthesiologists Week, introduced nationally last year by the ASA.
Co-sponsored by 72 other assembly members and passed unanimously, the resolution (ACR 119) recognizes the high level of training of physician anesthesiologists, our role in protecting patient safety, and the CSA’s work in advocating for our specialty and our patients.
James Moore, MD, CSA President, and Jeffrey Poage, MD, LPAD Chair, accepted the framed resolution on the Assembly floor on behalf of the CSA and its 3000 plus resident, fellow, and active members. Watching from the gallery were Karen Sibert, MD, CSA Secretary, and residents and faculty from the University of California, Davis, including Jeffrey Uppington, MBBS, the CSA Director for District 8, Peter Moore, MD, PhD, the UC Davis department chair, Amrik Singh, MD, the residency program director, Nicole Weiss, MD, a faculty member, and residents Michelle Kim, MD, and Yu Yu Shu, MD.
After the presentation of the resolution, the CSA representatives were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the magnificent State Capitol Building, including the famous stained glass California State seal, portraits of former governors, and the statue of Queen Isabella of Spain in the Rotunda.
Outside the Capitol, we enjoyed a chance encounter with Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and his staff members. Mr. Ridley-Thomas, who authored CSA-sponsored AB 890 to enable the practice of anesthesiology assistants in California, will meet with CSA officers again on Friday for a tour of UCLA anesthesiology patient-care areas in Westwood.
Later, the CSA officers met individually with state senators and assembly members about health-care issues. These included Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D – Sherman Oaks), and Senator Steven Glazer (D – Orinda). These meetings were facilitated by CSA lobbyists Bryce Docherty and Vanessa Cajina. David Butler, the CSA’s executive director, and Alison MacLeod, of KP Public Affairs, accompanied our group throughout the day.