In just a couple weeks, thousands of the best minds in the specialty will arrive in San Francisco for the largest anesthesia education-related event in the world – the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. As I prepare this column, our elected leadership, volunteers and staff are hard at work finalizing every detail and also working to prepare for the House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. As of early September, registration is proceeding at a record pace, including a high percentage of international delegates from more than 75 countries. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning in-depth the many trends and challenges facing the specialty.

It is now six months since I formally started work as your CEO. In this column, I will share some highlights and some observations about the future.

First, let me start by thanking the...

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