In July, the ASA Monitor conducted an email survey that polled readers on their top perceived challenges facing today's anesthesiology profession. You shared your greatest concerns regarding various topics and offered some innovative solutions to those challenges.

This next article in a four-part series dissecting the survey results focuses on readers' key advocacy concerns. The value of anesthesiologists extends beyond patient care and safety. They play an important role outside the clinical setting as advocates not only for their patients, but also the anesthesiologist profession. Readers ranked the following as their top advocacy concerns: non-physician scope of practice, anesthesiologist autonomy to make clinical decisions because of hospital pressure, and public awareness of the role of an anesthesiologist.

When it comes to defining the roles of providers as well as discussions around non-physician scope of practice, it is crucial that anesthesiologists are active participants.

“As anesthesiologists, we know and...

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