Anesthesiology residency programs in the United States require that residents be involved in scholarly activities such as research, quality improvement, and literature review, and present the results of their scholarly activities at state or national meetings. Unfortunately, none of this was possible in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the California Society of Anesthesiologists created, advertised, and provided staff support and prize money for a Virtual Resident Research Day.

The CSA advertised the Virtual Resident Research Day by calling for abstracts on the CSA website and sending invitations to all 12 California department of anesthesiology program residency directors and chairs. The CSA received almost 100 submissions. The Abstract Review Committee selected 13 of these for virtual research presentations, including the Resident History Essay winner. The CSA posted all submitted abstracts on the CSA web site at

The Virtual Resident Research Day was run simultaneously on both...

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