ASA is dedicated to delivering membership value throughout every phase of your career, partnering with you from the moment you become interested in the specialty until you are successfully retired. Therefore, it is vital that offerings at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024 honor that aim.

To ensure that annual meeting content is calibrated to appeal to all career stages, the ASA Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight and ASA staff solicit and incorporate the feedback we receive from you in post-meeting surveys. The results of your evaluations truly help shape the design of our future meetings. Responses from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2023 surveys confirm that attendees want career-stage-relevant content and that attendees will use the assessment of career relevance to plan their meeting schedules.

Medical students are the future of our specialty, and in recent years, they attended ANESTHESIOLOGY in large numbers. For many, the ability to network and to meet with residents and residency program directors is a primary motivator. This is evidenced by the fact that 75% of medical students attended the Residency Program Open House. This very well attended and enthusiastic session was redesigned in 2023 and allows for residency programs to share information with potential medical students. Nick Davies, a medical student from Florida, stated, “specifically, for students eager to apply and match in anesthesiology, the annual Residency Program Open House is the keynote event, bringing medical students and nearly every residency program in the country together to assess fit and exchange information.” In addition to the open house, medical students have their own governance meetings. ASA also provides a medical student track where they have their own networking reception and educational program.

Anesthesiology residents and fellows have their own track, governance meetings, and networking reception. Residents and fellows, in addition to medical students, will generally attend any session they find interesting, but ASA curates a collection of sessions specifically for this cohort. Opportunities include a career and educational session covering contracts, compensation, personal finance literacy, and preparing for life after residency. Our goal is to share the rich experience of the annual meeting with our medical students, residents, and fellows so that they are prepared to enter the workforce as physicians and anesthesiologists. Once they know the value of attending the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting, they will return year after year in order to take full advantage of the extensive and diversified portfolio of offerings. According to Jonathan Cohen, MD, a CA-3 resident, our efforts are paying off. He told us his “favorite part of the meeting is the extremely wide array of offerings allowing me to pick and choose, even on the very day of the meeting.”

Our new Early-Career Member Program (ECMP) gives members in their first 10 years of practice one free meeting registration, which can be used at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024. Members in their first three years of practice have been a specific focus for ASA in recent years, as we hope to reach them with this opportunity early, as they enter practice. Based on our survey information, early-career members prioritized clinically robust offerings, such as Medically Challenging Cases and Quality Improvement Projects. It is our job to ensure they find the clinical information they need, so members like Lindsey Rutland, MD, who is looking forward to “learning some new ultrasound POCUS techniques that were just coming out when I was graduating” find what they are looking for.

Mid-career members may be established in their careers but recognize that attending the annual meeting is an important part of their professional development. Last year, when our survey asked if the annual meeting was relevant to their clinical practice, mid-career members had the highest scores, with 90% rating the meeting relevant or extremely relevant to their practice. Personally, my colleagues and I who are in our mid- to late-career stages always feel invigorated and inspired after attending ANESTHESIOLOGY as we learn of the incredible innovation that is advancing our specialty.

Our late-career members also expressed great satisfaction in the annual meeting.

Antonio Hernandez Conte, MD, MBA, FASA, says he appreciates how the meeting offers “a glimpse of the future while recognizing our history and traditions.” When compared to early-career members, late-career members were more likely to attend the Rovenstine and Severinghaus lectures as well as the Scientific and Educational Exhibits. ASA is looking to continue to meet the needs of late-career anesthesiologists, including offering informational and educational programs for those entering retirement. Retiring, retired, and other late-career anesthesiologists who may soon be considering retirement can benefit from focused activities offered to this respected cohort.

Despite career stage differences in participation, overall satisfaction with the annual meeting was excellent. By design, many sessions appeal to all career stages. One of the best features of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024 is that you can tailor the meeting to your specific needs and personalize your experience. Feel free to step out of your familiar zone as well. If you are an early-career member, try something new and attend the Rovenstine and Severinghaus lectures or a subspecialty panel. If you are a late-career member, go against the grain and attend the poster sessions or the Medically Challenging Case presentations by the fellows, residents, and students.

Regardless of your anesthesiology practice and your career stage, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024 is for you. It is where private community practice and academic medicine coalesce. It is where locums, group-owner physicians, private equity groups, and university practices can all come together. Whether you are in your early or late career, you are a general anesthesiologist or a subspecialist, we are more alike than we are different. See you in Philadelphia!

Kraig S. de Lanzac, MD, MBA, FASA, ASA Secretary, Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Clinical Director of Anesthesia Services, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kraig S. de Lanzac, MD, MBA, FASA, ASA Secretary, Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Clinical Director of Anesthesia Services, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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David P. Martin, MD, PhD, FASA, ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

David P. Martin, MD, PhD, FASA, ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

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Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, FAHA, FASE, FASA, Second Vice Chair, ASA Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York.

Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, FAHA, FASE, FASA, Second Vice Chair, ASA Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York.

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