The mission of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) is “to promote excellence in academic anesthesiology through mentorship; promotion of diversity and inclusivity; and professional growth throughout the careers of educators, academic leaders, and researchers.” This mission, with a focus on the promotion of excellence in academic anesthesiology, might seem inconsistent with the common or historical perception of the AUA as an honorific society that merely recognizes excellence. The AUA is, however, thoughtfully transitioning to a more functional organization with the goal of actively expanding, advancing, and diversifying academic anesthesiology. This evolution might create discomfort for some, or even concern. As I consider the AUA and the state of academic anesthesiology, here are some reflections as to why this strategic refocusing is imperative.

Fortunately, we have a plan. A task force – led by Drs. Jeff Kirsch, Dolores Njoku, Monica Vavilala, Keith Vogt, and Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, with the strong support...

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