J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D., 2015 ASA President, called to order the opening session of the 68th meeting of the ASA House of Delegates (HOD) at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in San Diego at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015. There were 381 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 Reverend Neal José Wilkinson, SJ, from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, a Jesuit Parish in San Diego. ASA Meeting and Special Event Manager Phillip Ridley sang “America the Beautiful.” During his opening remarks, Dr. Abenstein recognized the many honored guests present, representing anesthesia and medical societies from across the globe.

The winners of the 2015 Resident Research Essay Awards were acknowledged. They received their awards in conjunction...

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