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GLOBAL HEALTH

Global Health Without Travel? Reframing
Global Health for Anesthesiologists
Ana Crawford, MD, Mark Singleton, MD, FASA, and Reema Sanghvi, MD

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ast June, the CSA House of Delegates
approved a task force to evaluate the
potential for a new standing committee on
Global Health. Although generally supported, some
questioned the added value to CSA members, how
it would serve California anesthesiologists in
private practice, how funding would be affected,
and how it would differ from the ASA Global
Humanitarian Outreach committee. For others
considering global travel restrictions during
a pandemic, it seems ill-timed to create this
committee now. Yet for anesthesiologists
committed to community work and volunteering,
for those seeking greater professional purpose, for
those committed to medical education and training,
and for trainees interested in incorporating Global
Health into their careers, a Global Health committee
serves these interests well.

The demand is high for Global Health experiences
across all groups, including trainees, private
practitioners, and academic faculty. Global Health,
in the context of Public Health, International Health,
Planetary Health, and One Health, is now a common
phrase without a precise or accepted definition.
It is no surprise that most designate Global Health
according to their own experiences. For decades,
anesthesiologists' experience in Global Health has
been framed around the service-based surgical
" mission " trip. For volunteers with academic careers,
they may fill visiting professor invitations
to supplement the curricula of foreign institutions.
With clinical commitments and family demands,
others feel unable to support Global Health initiatives
when confined to service trips requiring time away
and international travel. This task force argues that
Global Health includes the provision of service abroad,
and so much more.

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