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ASA has a robust and dynamic education portfolio, and it’s growing every day. Here, ASA members can learn the latest about ASA’s educational products and hear from the experts who make this education possible.


January 20  |  January 18


How “VUCA” qualities help navigate current worldwide chaos

January 20

skyline with blue overlayIf you’re considering attending ASA® ADVANCE 2023: The Anesthesiology Business Event, this year’s keynote couldn’t be more relevant.

Speaker Bernie Banks explains the concept of today’s “VUCA world” characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This concept was introduced in 1985 to address external factors and their consequences for corporate management. With insurrections in Brazil and Peru, climate change and cyberattacks in the news daily, not to mention supply chain and staff shortages within anesthesiology, this keynote is the message we ALL need to hear.

As I write this from California, where we’re dealing with approximately 500% more rainfall than an average year, I’m reminded of the importance of VUCA Prime qualities—vision, understanding, clarity, and agility. This may take the shape of circumnavigating more extreme weather systems or a mass pandemic. Bill Gates predicted a highly infectious virus that would ultimately kill 10 million people in his 2015 TED Talk, The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready, and now it’s well known that COVID may only be the start of the “pandemic age.” Once a virus hits a human target, it hits an ecological favorable niche due to worldwide travel. Jackpot! I explained this further in my August 2020 editorial, “Meeting vs. Machine.”

The VUCA concept is new to me, but I find it fascinating and very relevant and I think it’s going to wow the ADVANCE audience. Banks’ address will provide the tools we all need, especially as reporting of information is more fragmented than ever. Banks will also share a real world framework for gauging how well your operation can weather future challenges, offer approaches for scenario planning, and help you learn to engage with stakeholders to embrace and harness change.

The keynote is scheduled Friday, January 27, 8:00-9:00 a.m. ET. There’s still time to register.

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SEE 39A launches this month

January 18

Summaries of Emerging Evidence (SEE)The latest volume of Summaries of Emerging Evidence (SEE) will be released at the end of this month. SEE remains one of the most popular and enduring CME products ASA produces, and for good reason – each issue is designed with the goals of expanding your knowledge of the latest science and improving your practice.

Each annual subscription to SEE consists of 200 questions and discussions drawn from an exhaustive review of hundreds of articles in the scientific literature. This content is created by an 11-member editorial board and a cadre of question writers, all of whom are volunteers and experienced anesthesiologists in their respective subspecialties and practice types.

Here are just a few topics you’ll find in volume 39A:

  • A recent study found intraoperative use of nitrous oxide as an adjunct to general anesthesia was associated with a decreased PACU length of stay, reduced intraoperative hypotension, and reduced need for vasopressors, which was most pronounced in complex surgeries.
  • As the number of lung transplantations increases, anesthesiologists and intensivists are asked to cross-cover critically ill patients. A recent review addressed critical management knowledge for the practitioner who has not seen high volumes of these patients.
  • Academic anesthesiologists are often asked to supervise trainees with little knowledge of ACGME and the ABA program requirements. A recent review addresses the reality that point-of-care ultrasound is now a fixture in the academic training environment and provides recommendations that can help supervisors achieve competency in that area.

If you want to change your thinking about the practice of anesthesiology and truly impact patient care, SEE has you covered. Questions about the SEE program can be sent to educationcenter@asahq.org. And don’t miss the sample SEE question that appears every month in the ASA Monitor.

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