In my final officer’s message, I want to first convey my sincere appreciation to the many colleagues who have sent me exceptionally kind messages regarding my service to our specialty. Please recognize that ASA leadership is a team sport played daily by the concomitant efforts of many dedicated and passionate ASA staff and physician leaders. Without our team, my efforts would have been impotent at best. So the praise and compliments for a great 2016-17 rightfully go to the anesthesiology leadership team across this country composed of colleagues accepting personal responsibility for the current state and future state of our specialty.

Now, to the meat of this message – a glimpse into the single most challenging and mind-expanding dialogue ever experienced about the current state and future state of our specialty.

We have heard many esteemed leaders in our...

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