Vital Times 2021 - 6

The President's Page
Ronald Pearl, MD, PhD, FASA | CSA President
The New Normal
In last year's presidential
report, Jeffrey Poage, MD,
began his Vital Times column
with " A Year of Challenges " .
As we enter the third year of
the COVID-19 pandemic, we
are experiencing a COVID
surge in the United States and
throughout the world, plus concerns about omicron and
other new variants. It is clear that we will need to learn
to live with COVID, so I have chosen to start my column
with " The New Normal " .
Throughout the pandemic, CSA has been a leader in
providing COVID-related resources to our members.
Through CSA Online First, we have advocated to increase
vaccination rates in California. We have highlighted the
contributions of anesthesiologists in managing patients
with COVID, in advancing science related to COVID, and
in creating and implementing institutional policies to
prevent infection of healthcare workers while providing
optimum care for COVID patients. As a profession, we
have risen to the challenges of COVID throughout the
pandemic, even at significant personal risk. As a result,
CSA members have helped establish anesthesiologists
as leaders in our health care system, with recognition
from health care leaders, legislators, and the public.
The COVID pandemic has impacted our practice, our
families, and our well-being, but we have continued to
support one another and our patients throughout these
challenges. I want to thank all our members for their
contributions during these difficult past two years.
COVID has changed the way CSA does business. We
have missed the interactions and networking of inperson
meetings, but we have learned how to optimize
the use of virtual technology. CSA has had outstanding
virtual meetings of the House of Delegates, the
Board of Directors, and our 22 CSA committees and
task forces. These virtual meetings are not only less
expensive, but they also allow wider participation and
more convenience for our members. Going forward,
I anticipate a mix of virtual, in-person, and hybrid
meetings. I hope to see all our CSA members at our next
annual meeting, which will be held April 7-10 in San Diego
and will feature CSA Past President Karen Sibert, MD,
FASA, presenting the Leffingwell Lecture.
Providing Value to Our Members
Membership is the lifeblood of a participatory society.
As president, my focus this year has been to provide
increased value to our members. Four of the major
ways that CSA is accomplishing this goal are through
legislative advocacy, practice management initiatives,
educational programs, and leadership development.
This has been an active year for legislative advocacy,
both at the state and national levels. Antonio Hernandez
Conte, MD, MBA, FASA, as chair of LPAD, Felipe
Perez, MD, FASA, as chair of the Legislative Affairs
Committee, Bryce Docherty from TDG Strategies, and
Alison MacLeod from KP Public Affairs have done
an outstanding job in leading our advocacy efforts. I
want to recognize the contributions of the dozens of
CSA members who have participated in these efforts,
and we have had several major successes. I also want
to recognize Paul Yost, MD, FASA, who again led
California's efforts as the winner in both money raised
and number of contributing members on the ASAPAC
Day of Contributing (DoC) challenge.
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