It was great to participate at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco. It was an outstanding event from several perspectives, including strong attendance, great education, and productive meetings of the House of Delegates and our many committees. A total of 15,308 registered for this meeting – a 7 percent increase over 2012. As a relative newcomer, only eight months on the job and with the experience of several medical specialties behind me, this meeting really stood out as among the best in specialty medicine for its quality, professionalism and sheer energy. Congratulations to Audreé Bendo, M.D., Chair of the Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight (AMOC), for her stewardship of ASA’s flagship conference.

In my experience as an association executive, a strong annual meeting is important over and above the event itself. It is the one time during the year when all interests in our community convene to discuss...

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