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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ASA:

2020 Annual Meeting
Went Virtual
Paul Yost, MD, FASA | ASA Director

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s your new ASA
Director from
California and your
new your representative to
the ASA Board of Directors,
it is my great pleasure
to write a summary of
the ASA Annual Meeting.
First, I want to thank the
previous ASA Director,
Linda Hertzberg, MD, FASA.
She has been a tireless leader and advocate for CSA
and ASA for 30 years! She is a mentor to many of us,
and her experience and professionalism will be hard
to match. Dr. Hertzberg has served in almost every
leadership position within the CSA, including Speaker
and President, as well as having been a productive
member of countless ASA committees. Arguably,
her greatest achievement is the new standing ASA
committee on Women in Anesthesia. It started as
a dream and an ad hoc committee that has now
morphed into something wonderful and permanent.
Her focus on diversity at the ASA and CSA has
brought about changes that will long outlast her
involvement. Thank YOU, Linda! I am very aware of
how difficult it will be to fill your shoes.
The first virtual ASA Annual Meeting kicked off
unofficially on Thursday, October 1, with the online
California and Western caucuses hosted by the CSA
on Zoom. The official Annual Meeting began on Friday,
October 2. The meeting was historic with its goals and

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aspirations, and unforgettable with its chaos in the
House of Delegates.
Putting on a virtual annual meeting was a
momentous task that produced some unexpected
successes and some predictable and spectacular
meltdowns. Boasting the largest attendance of any
ASA annual meeting, with over 15,000 attendees, the
size and scope were impressive. When information
was flowing in one direction (from the ASA, lecturers,
and leaders to end users) the system worked well.
However, when it came to interaction, deliberation,
and amending policy positions, all required for
effective and representative governance, the system
became unworkable and required early adjournment
and a mulligan.

Education
The educational component of the meeting was
excellent! It was a treat to hear the best and brightest
speakers and professors presenting the most current
information about the specialty we all love and
practice! All subspecialties were represented, and the
information was broken down into easily accessible
learning tracks with plenty of MOCA credits sprinkled
in. The depth and breadth of the information available
was spectacular, and it is still available through
December 31 for up to 27 hours CME credit. All
of the live lectures were recorded for on-demand
consumption, so it is easy to get the information



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