I have worked with many superb anesthesiologists. They take excellent care of their patients and work diligently to support both the anesthesia group and the hospital where they practice. What could be better than that? Well, one great answer is to work to improve the profession as a whole.

Thinking broadly and giving back are part of being a professional, and ASA provides a wealth of opportunities for doing so. One of the questions I hear most frequently is how to get more involved with ASA. Unsaid in these discussions is why a person would want to do that at a time when clinical demands are greater than ever. My simple answer? Because it is needed, it is rewarding, and it is the right thing to do.

First, a little background for my argument. We work in, I think, the best specialty in medicine. Where we currently stand did not...

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