Welcome to the CSAThe California Society of Anesthesiologists is a physician organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of the profession of anesthesiology, to fostering excellence through continuing medical education, and to serving as an advocate for anesthesiologists and their patients.
ALERT! Reference document on quality of VA anesthesia care
As the Nursing Handbook has been transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review as a proposed regulation with an expected publication soon, all members are encouraged to read ASA's document outlining that physician-led anesthesia provides safe, high-quality care Veterans have earned and deserve, and then comment at www.SafeVACare.org.
CSA 2016 Elections are Now Open!
In anticipation of CSA's upcoming House of Delegates Meeting June 4 - 6 in San Francisco, we would like to inform you that CSA elections are now open for several positions.
Please view our Nominations and Elections page to download the ballots and vote.
Proposed Changes to VHA Nursing Handbook Would Replace Physician-Led, Team-Based Surgical Anesthesia Care With Nurse-Only Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently attempting to adopt a new “VHA Nursing Handbook,” which would abandon the VA’s proven model of physician-led, team-based surgical anesthesia care and replace it with a nurse-only model of care.
CSA and ASA - Two key organizations, one annual invoice
In the next few weeks, you will receive an invoice from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, billing you for 2016 membership dues for both ASA and CSA. You will not receive a separate invoice next spring for CSA dues.
Formally known as "unified billing," this new combined invoice has been in the planning stages for nearly two years. Your CSA Board of Directors believes strongly that unified billing with ASA is in the best interest of CSA as an organization and of you, our members.
To learn more about unified billing and how it will benefit you, please click here.
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Update on New ASA Social Media Strategy
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A Perfect San Francisco Weekend
By Uday Jain, MD, PhD
Perfect weather redoubled the fun for the anesthesiologists and their families who attended the CSA’s Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops, held in San Francisco from April 14 to 17. The Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf proved to be a delightful venue, with shops, restaurants, and the famous Ghirardelli Square within a few blocks of the hotel. Nearly 20 percent of the attendees were from outside California, and six percent traveled from other countries for the occasion.
Johanna Schwarzenberger, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, chaired the program, and organized it admirably with her team. The program began with three concurrent pre-conference workshops on Thursday afternoon, providing hands-on, small group teaching. Kristine Breyer, MD, led the workshop on perioperative ultrasound and echocardiography, while Vivek Kulkarni, MD, PhD, and his colleagues provided clinical scenarios for training in thoracic anesthesia. Ed Mariano, MD, MAS, the CSA’s Assistant Speaker of the House, and his group focused on techniques of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks with an emphasis on avoiding common pitfalls and ensuring patient safety.
Upcoming CME Meetings
Jun 4 - Jun 6, 2016
CSA House of Delegates and Board of Directors Meeting
Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2016
CSA 2016 Fall Anesthesia Conference
Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017
CSA 2017 Winter Anesthesia Conference