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practice forums as well as by geographic districts.
Our Committee on Practice Management has done
a superb job providing important resources to our
membership. Our website has undergone a major
overhaul, and I wish to thank Christopher Tirce, MD,
FASA, and Todd Primack, DO, FASA, and our entire PM
team for all of their hard work in this endeavor.
Effective advocacy is a cornerstone for our great
society. Our Chair, Antonio Conte, MD, MBA, FASA,
along with Sunny Jha, MD, Felipe Perez, MD, and
our chief lobbyist, Bryce Docherty, work tirelessly
on your behalf. I am proud of the grassroots efforts
of so many CSA members this past year who met
virtually with countless legislators at the State and
Federal level. Out-of-network " surprise " billing, the
new Medicare fee structure, and scope of practice
issues were just a few of the many issues facing our
membership this past year.
Our new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
(JEDI) Committee, in a joint effort with the Women
in Anesthesiology Task Force, recently hosted a CME
Webinar: Mentorship and Sponsorship Matters! A
distinguished panel discussed racial, LGBTQ, and
gender barriers to leadership as well as strategies to
overcome institutional bias. I wish to thank the Chairs,
Odinakachachukwu Ehie, MD, and Sydney Thomson,
MD, FASA, for their considerable efforts and work in
this important arena.
Our Task Force on Physician Wellness, chaired by
Stanford Professor Greg Hammer, MD, put out their
mission statement last Fall:
" The primary aim of the CSA Task Force
on Physician Wellness is to help enhance
the personal and professional well-being of
its members by promoting improvements
in the workplace culture, respecting the
value of each individual in the departments
and institutions wherein they work, and
augmenting their personal resilience. These
directives are fundamental to facilitating

esprit de corps in their professional
environments as a means of reducing the
likelihood of burnout. "
Dr. Hammer will be our distinguished speaker for the
Leffingwell Lecture at our Annual Meeting in April.
Our new Task force on Global Health is off to a great
start as well as the Task Force on Environmental
Sustainability. Shalini Shah, MD, continues to lead our
Committee on Pain Medicine in a strong direction.
And many thanks to Rita Agarwal, MD, FAAP, FASA,
and the Committee on Professional and Public
Communications for all the work they do - like
putting out Vital Times!
The Committee on History of Anesthesia, chaired by
Jane Moon, MD, has been very busy this year. They
already have a winner for our 2021 CSA History of
Anesthesia Essay Contest! Dr. Albert Lin, a CA-2
resident Stanford, was selected for this entry:
Rethinking " Normal Accidents " in Anesthesia: How Dr.
David Gaba translated Crisis Management Principles
from Aviation to Anesthesiology. Congratulations, Dr.
Lin!
And a big thank you to our Resident Representation
Committee, chaired this year by Mariam Sarwary, MD,
from UCLA. This group holds educational meetings
as well as assisting with our annual Resident
Advocacy Day in Sacramento each February. We
get participation from every training program in
California. The group energy and camaraderie are
palpable, and we look forward to the post-pandemic
era when we can meet in the Capitol hallways once
again. For now, we remain virtual.
One committee so vital to our mission is Membership.
Our chair, Phillip Levin, MD, FASA, has worked hard
alongside our Executive Director, David Butler, and his
staff to ensure a robust and healthy organization for
the next decade. Regardless of your work affiliation
- academic or private, large or small, employee or
partner - the CSA will be there to represent your best

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