History of Anesthesia

Mission Statement:
To preserve and to disseminate information about the history of physician anesthesia in California for the public and the anesthesia community. To increase engagement with history and to connect it to present-day practice.
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CSA's 2021 History of Anesthesia Essay Contest

The Committee on the History of Anesthesia welcomes submissions from California residents, fellows, and medical students for the 2021 History of Anesthesia in California Essay Contest.

Essays should be less than 1,000 words and use no more than five references. They will be judged in a blinded manner by the CSA History Committee on the following criteria: content, style, organization, accuracy, and formatting. Prior non-winning entries to this contest may also be edited and re-submitted if an original author is still in school or in training.

All contest participants will receive an old historical book from the Guedel Collection. In addition, the winner will receive a CSA Foundation for Education prize of $1,000, the honor of presenting during the 2021 CSA Annual Meeting (April 15-18, San Diego, CA), complimentary conference registration, and up to $500 for travel expenses if a physical meeting occurs. 

After incorporating feedback from the CSA History Committee, the winner will send the essay to the Chair of the CSA Committee on Professional and Public Communication for publication in CSA Online First or Vital Times. The winner may also submit the piece to the Journal of Anesthesia History for potential publication of a peer-reviewed article.

Find out the details for suggested topics, length and formatting, references, identification, and more here

Please send entries to
anes.history.CA@gmail.com by 12:00 p.m. (PST) on January 9, 2021.