Medical Student Activities
The American Society of Anesthesiology
The American Society of Anesthesiologist is the largest organized group representing the educational, research, and scientific goals of the specialty of anesthesiology. There is a medical student component to that organization. Interested students should visit the ASA web site for additional information regarding the specialty of anesthesiology, activity in the ASA medical student component, and other resources for a career in anesthesiology.
ASA Annual Meeting 2010, Oct. 16-20, San Diego, Calif., as reported by Holly Briggs, MS4
Pictured from left, Shaker Morcous, Daniel Tolpin, Clint Tippet, Michael Lin, Holly Briggs, Brittani Hale, Caitlin Dooley and Crystal Wright.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting was a truly worthwhile educational experience. From attending lectures on pertinent topics in anesthesia to meeting many other medical students who are also currently applying to residency, the meeting provided a wealth of opportunities to further explore the field and gain new perspectives on the future of healthcare.
During the opening session, 2009-2010 ASA President Dr. Hannenberg delivered an informative speech on the current state of anesthesia and how the field may grow and change over the coming years. Jeff Skiles, Co-Pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, delivered the keynote address, during which he conveyed the story of his flight's emergency landing on the Hudson River. He focused on issues such as attention to detail and strict adherence to procedure which are the backbone of success for both pilots and anesthesiologists.
Following this, the ASA Medical Student Component met to elect officers for the upcoming year and hear about pertinent issues in the field. Residency Program directors from several programs across the country were also on hand to discuss the application process, "do's and don'ts" while on the interview trail, and many other topics. Having a formal venue to discuss these issues and have questions answered helped to alleviate much of the anxiety which accompanied the start of applying to residency.
Throughout the conference, I was able to attend lectures on topics ranging from Pulmonary Hypertension and Endocrine Emergencies to updates on the current literature in Pediatric Anesthesia. While the topics presented at conferences such as the ASA obviously vary in their depth and target audience, I was able to choose discussions which were appropriate to my level of training and which provided useful insight into current issues on topics meaningful to my future career.
Overall, both the educational and networking components of the ASA Annual Meeting were invaluable experiences in my anesthesia training. I cannot thank the BCM Department of Anesthesia enough for allowing me the opportunity to participate in the meeting and for supplying financial support for me to do so. As a student, being able to better understand the importance of organizations such as the ASA and their role in continuing medical education will serve me well as I advance in my career.