Jerry A. Cohen, M.D. (2012 President) called the opening session of the 65th meeting of the ASA House of Delegates (HOD) to order at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2012. There were 364 properly credentialed delegates seated, easily comprising a necessary quorum. The proceedings of the HOD were prefaced by guiding and inspirational words of invocation, this year provided by ASA member Michael C. Lewis, M.D. During his opening remarks, Dr. Cohen recognized the numerous honored guests present, who represented anesthesia and medical societies from across the globe.

The winners of the 2012 Resident Research Essay Awards were acknowledged. They received their awards in conjunction with the ASA Celebration of Research program held on Monday, October 15. The 2012 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Research was...

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