Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D., 2014 ASA President, called to order the opening session of the 67th meeting of the ASA House of Delegates (HOD) at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans at 8:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014. There were 377 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 Brother Louis Couvillon, S.C., Chaplain of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. ASA Meeting and Special Event Manager Phillip Ridley sang “America the Beautiful.” During her opening remarks, Dr. Fitch recognized the many honored guests present, representing anesthesia and medical societies from across the globe.

The winners of the 2014 Resident Research Essay Awards were acknowledged. They received their awards in conjunction with the ASA Celebration of Research...

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