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WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Hope
Rita Agarwal, MD, FAAP, FASA
2021 began with
so much hope.
Hope that we were
nearing the end of
the pandemic. Hope
that things could
return to " normal. "
We had vaccines.
Vaccines!
We had new treatments and we had learned so much
about this horrible virus. We proudly posted our
vaccinated status on social media and celebrated what
we thought would soon be a return to pre-pandemic life.
Unfortunately, it was not so straightforward. Here we
are fighting both delta and omicron, once again trying
to decide if we can return to in-person meetings and
activities or if we should stay virtual, imploring people
to get vaccinated, to get a booster, and to continue to
practice social distancing and mask wearing. Elective
cases are once again being postponed and healthcare
delayed while omicron races through our communities.
Hopefully by the time Vital Times is published, omicron
will be behind us, and we will not be facing a new strain.
I feel so privileged to be working with so many talented
and dedicated California anesthesiologists. The
leadership, administration, and membership are so
forward-thinking and generous with their time, energy,
and efforts advocating for patients, membership, and
the community.
Here's some of what you'll find in this edition of
Vital Times:
* CSA President Ron Pearl, MD, PhD, FASA,
summarizes CSA efforts on behalf of its members
and patients.
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* ASA Director Paul Yost, MD, FASA, reviews the many
activities of the ASA during this trying time.
* CSA Treasurer John Hsieh, MD, FASA, clearly lays
out the CSA's current finances and budget for 2022.
* Antonio Hernandez Conte, MD, MBA, FASA,
discusses the CSA's legislative, budgetary, and
healthcare priorities from 2021 and for 2022.
CSA members have worked tirelessly to make their
communities or the world a better place, and much of
that work is featured in this edition of Vital Times.
In addition, several members were featured in local and
national media discussing and educating the public on
the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine. Some
have volunteered their time helping vaccinate people
and dispel misinformation about the vaccines. A few
examples can be found here:
* https://www.calhealthreport.org/2021/07/01/
opinion-countering-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancyamong-pregnant-african-americans/
*
https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19vaccine/news/20210924/covid-19-boostersquestions-answered.
This
year, the CSA chose to honor some remarkable
women in anesthesiology by profiling some of our
female members in our Member Spotlight section.
This effort started during Women Physician's Day
(Feb 3rd) and continued through International
Women's Day (March 8th) and Women in Medicine
Month (September). Several women from diverse and
fascinating backgrounds have been featured so far,
and hopefully more members (both men and women)
will be featured as part of our Member Spotlight in
the future.
https://www.calhealthreport.org/2021/07/01/opinion-countering-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-among-pregnant-african-americans/ https://www.calhealthreport.org/2021/07/01/opinion-countering-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-among-pregnant-african-americans/ https://www.calhealthreport.org/2021/07/01/opinion-countering-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-among-pregnant-african-americans/ https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210924/covid-19-boosters-questions-answered https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210924/covid-19-boosters-questions-answered https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210924/covid-19-boosters-questions-answered

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