The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting takes on special significance in 2017 as it returns to the city where modern anesthesia was born. On October 16, 1846, the world of medicine was forever changed when William T.G. Morton administered the first anesthetic for a successful surgical procedure at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.
From October 21-25, 2017, the world of anesthesia will again be focused on Boston for five days of unparalleled access to educational content, the latest science and technology, and incredible networking opportunities.
WFSA leaders will be well-represented at ANESESTHESIOLOGY 2017 in Boston. WFSA Secretary Adrian W. Gelb, M.B., Ch.B., will lead a WFSA panel titled “Medications in Anesthesia: Are We Introducing More Into Our Patients Than We Realize?” Panel topics will include “WHO Surgical Site Infection Guidelines – A Critical Appraisal,” “Dynamics of Bacterial Transmission in the O.R.,” “Towards the Z-Bugs Study” and “Infection and Reusable equipment – A Low Income Country Reality.”
Each ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting offers enhancements beyond the one before it, and fortunately for attendees in Boston, the bar was set particularly high at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 in Chicago.
Here are a few highlights shared by many of the nearly 14,000 attendees from last year:
• World-renowned economist and business strategist Michael Porter delivered a thought-provoking lecture to a standing-room-only crowd during the meeting’s Opening Session.
• Obstetric anesthesiologist and former American Board of Anesthesiology Director David Chestnut, M.D., delivered an Emory A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture on professionalism that many attendees called “the best ASA talk I have ever heard.”
• More than 600 educational sessions presented by experts in their fields.
• Approximately 300 companies showcased the newest products and technology.
• Introduction of groundbreaking ASA products, including ANESTHESIOLOGY Annual Meeting OnDemand, which features 400 hours of presentations collected from the meeting and offered for continuing medical education.
• Almost 3,000 international registrants, many of whom brought their expertise and insights to the meeting’s educational programming.
We’re well underway in developing an outstanding comprehensive program for 2017. The last few years have seen an increased emphasis on international initiatives, and ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 might have the strongest international focus yet. Notably, those arriving one day early to the meeting, on October 20, can take part in the first-ever International Forum on Perioperative Safety & Quality.
And through the gamut of resources ASA supplies to international attendees, it’s never been easier or more efficient to complete the visa application process, book airfare, secure lodging and utilize helpful on-site services, such as translation assistance and the International Lounge.
Anesthesiology is the only medical specialty that can claim to have originated in the United States. But it could not have advanced to its current state of the art without myriad contributions from the international community.
This October, there will no better place to teach, learn and share ideas among thousands of your peers from countless disciplines practicing in every corner of the globe. We hope to see you in Boston and look forward to your participation in the specialty’s premier educational, scientific and networking event.
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