President's Message - 2019
for your support of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) in 2018; we are proud of our accomplishments and could not have been so successful without you! Membership is tangible evidence of “professional citizenship”, and your commitment to a strong and effective national professional organization devoted to research, education, advocacy and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the interests of safe and excellent care of patients.
In 2018, we reflected on 75 years of innovative leadership and excellence in anesthesiology, perioperative care, and patient safety. We recognized this milestone at the Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec with special celebrations, historical exhibits and VIP guests. The CJA also published several special articles highlighting significant moments in the history of CAS and Canadian anesthesia. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize how far we have come, and to celebrate the success of our outstanding membership. Congratulations to Dr Adrian Gelb, Dr Homer Yang and Dr Richard Hall, recipients of the 2018 CAS Gold Medal, as well as to all other winners of Honour Awards, Research Awards, Resident and Medical Student Prizes, Oral Presentations and Best Paper Awards.
CAS looks forward to your continued membership support for 2019 and onward, to ensure that together we can achieve our shared vision of excellence in anesthesiology. Our strength and success depends on your involvement.
We are pleased that members are utilizing the many benefits, services and programs available to you as a CAS member, including:
- Access to valuable, professional resources such as the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (CJA), and use of their Mobile App for email alerts announcing CJA contents
- Annually updated CAS Guidelines to the Practice of Anesthesia
- Significant Annual Meeting (AM) registration discounts. Did you know that paying a non-member AM fee costs more money than a CAS membership plus an AM member rate?
- Ability to earn Section 1 and Section 3 Maintenance of Certification credits at the Annual Meeting and through free online CPD Educational Modules (12 credits per module)
- Opportunity to renew friendships in convivial social events, and through access to excellent networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting
- Ability to participate in, or provide input to, CAS Sections and Committees. Bring issues to the attention of the CAS Board of Directors through your Divisional (Provincial) representative. Your opinions are valued and appreciated
- Eligibility for appointment to national or international (notably World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology) committees focused on various aspects of anesthesiology or medicine in general. CAS is recognized as the national voice of our specialty, and external organizations seek our recommendations re: committee representation. This allows members to magnify the impact of their specific interests and expertise.
The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Calgary, AB at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre June 21- 24. The superb educational programming is being developed with expert national and international speakers and instructors and will offer sessions, workshops, and PBLDs, including pre-conference workshops on POCUS and physician well-being. Program highlights include: sessions on patient safety and the opioid crisis, perioperative cardiac and pulmonary assessment for the ambulatory surgical patient, innovations in obstetric anesthesia, and sessions on chronic pain and cannabis.
Renew your CAS membership and take advantage of your significant member discount on Annual Meeting registration. Consider adding a family vacation in beautiful Calgary and the Alberta wilderness while you are in the area.
CAS recognizes that we have much work ahead of us, and we are counting on your involvement. I encourage you to renew your membership today. All ideas, questions and feedback are welcome. Contact me at email@example.com
or the CAS office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Daniel Bainbridge, MD, FRCPC
PS: When renewing, please consider donating generously to our foundations – the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF) and the CAS International Education Foundation (CASIEF). Both organizations do remarkable and important work on behalf of CAS, and contribute immeasurably to safe anesthetic care of patients, and to the future of our specialty.