I am delighted to present my first report as ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs (VPSA).

The VPSA leads ASA’s Division on Scientific Affairs, which includes the sections on Annual Meeting, Clinical Care, Education and Research, Journals, and Subspecialties. The leadership of these sections form the Committee on Professional Education Oversight (CPEO). Every committee of every section is active. Here are some Education- and Research-related highlights, and a brief view of opportunities ahead.

ASA’s annual meeting is the premier educational opportunity for our specialty. ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 attracted 15,305 registrants. This growth is directly related to the outstanding work done by the Committee on Annual Meeting and all its subcommittees, the volunteer physician members working together with our strong professional staff. A particular area of growth was international attendance, with more than 25 percent of physicians coming from 80 countries outside of the U.S. A comprehensive professional annual meeting (AM) assessment...

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