Educational Opportunities

ASA is committed to the life-long learning of its members. Our educational offerings serve as essential resources to advance your clinical knowledge and skills, and to help you effectively manage your anesthesia practice. Our education programs are now easily accessible on the Education Center, a customized learning management system (LMS). Browse the Course Catalog to quickly access courses in a variety of formats – in-person events, print, and online – with many offering CME credits. Log in today to take a course, claim credit, print your certificate, and view your transcript. The transcript is an exclusive member benefit that records all of your ASA CME in one document. Review the items on this page to find exactly what you need.

THE ANESTHESIOLOGYTM ANNUAL MEETING AND ASSOCIATED PROGRAMS

The ANESTHESIOLOGY Annual Meeting:  Every October, ASA’s premier educational gathering offers educational sessions, abstracts, technical exhibits and the best networking opportunities. Educational sessions are presented in a variety of formats, including refresher courses, clinical forums, problem-based learning discussions, medically challenging cases, workshops, and panels. CME

Annual Meeting Highlights CME: Providing access to selected ASA annual meeting educational sessions on critical topics impacting anesthesiology, Highlights are an affordable and convenient way to experience what you missed at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting. Courses are available in slide-audio format. CME

Annual Meeting Refresher Course Lecture Outlines: Detailed course outlines from the Refresher Course Lectures are available from past ASA annual meetings. The outlines, provided in PDF format, are searchable by keyword or author name and are accessed through a link on the ASA website. (Adobe Reader® required)

Problem-Based Learning Discussions: This online program presents the cases discussed during the Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLD) from past ASA annual meetings. Each PBLD presents a case and its objectives, model discussions and references, allowing learners to embark upon an individual study program to identify and solve the problems posed in each case.

OTHER ASA EVENTS

ASA Quality Meeting: Creating and Measuring Quality in Anesthesiology™: Don't miss this first-of-its-kind quality management program for anesthesiologists. This meeting will provide you with the tools you need to create, implement, and utilize a quality management plan for your practice. Learn the strategies for meeting quality mandates from leading national experts, including how to use quality management data to improve patient outcomes and performance measurement. CME

ASA Legislative Conference:This annual conference held in Washington, D.C. is the specialty's largest meeting focusing on state and federal legislative, regulatory and political issues impacting ASA and anesthesiology. The purpose of the conference is to prepare ASA members to engage effectively in the legislative, regulatory and political processes on behalf of the specialty. CME

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

ASA Simulation Education Network: Simulation Education Network (SEN) is a network of ASA-endorsed simulation programs held in centers across the country to deliver training to anesthesiologists. Courses are designed to realistically recreate challenging clinical cases to allow participants to problem‐solve in a manner that is similar to actual clinical experience. For specific program information contact a Simulation Center near you. 

Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) Program: The Certificate in Business Administration Program provides an orientation to the business skills needed to successfully manage the operations and functions of a health care organization or medical practice. This program is designed to teach participants who have had no formal business education the skills needed to run a department, manage the challenges of a modern practice (private or academic) and sharpen entrepreneurial skills. The program is presented through a mixture of in-person sessions in Houston and distance learning modules on DVD. CME

Practice Management: This annual event, designed for physicians and practice administrators, delivers the latest information you need to navigate in today’s complex practice environment. Held at different locations, Practice Management includes The Conference on Practice Management, a resident track, pre-conferences, and exhibits. Regulatory, legislative, and accreditation changes are discussed and debated, best practices and workable solutions are presented, and networking events allow for dialogue with speakers, peers and exhibitors. Thought leaders and experts examine the rapidly evolving health care environment, and offer their insights and predictions on what will work or not work. Preconference sessions focus on different aspects of practice management and are designed for those who are just beginning to enter the anesthesia business world, and for those already involved in managing a practice. CME

EXAMINATIONS

In-Training Examination: Please contact the American Board of Anesthesiology with any ITE questions: www.theaba.org/Contact, 866-999-7501.

SELF-STUDY PROGRAMS

A-ACLS: First Response to Circulatory Crisis in the OR: Through the use of multiple scenarios, ASA's Anesthesia Advanced Circulatory Life Support online course will help improve your awareness, knowledge, and skills in identifying pre-arrest circulatory crises, describing precipitants, and outlining appropriate measures for managing cardiac situations in the operating room. CME

Anesthesiology Continuing Education Program (ACE): A self-study CME program, ACE covers established knowledge in the field of anesthesiology. The program is an excellent resource for assessment of current anesthesiology knowledge and identification of areas for improvement. Available in print and electronic formats, an annual subscription to ACE comprises two issues, each of which presents 100 questions with answers, detailed discussions and references. ACE can be utilized to fulfill a component of the ABA’s MOCA® requirements. Select issues of previous editions of ACE are available for purchase without CME credit. CME

Anesthesiology Journal-Based CME Program: This monthly CME program, open to all readers of Anesthesiology, is designed around selected journal articles to showcase current developments in the science and clinical practice of the specialty. Articles are available in print or online format; CME exams are available exclusively online. CME

ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology: With a newly redesigned format and the same trusted, quality content, this is one of ASA’s premier educational resources. This yearly CME program features monographs that expand on select Refresher Course Lectures from the ASA Annual Meeting and now include additional online content. This is the resource that can help you to prepare for recertification or to just keep up-to-date. Available in print or online in PDF format. CME

ASA/SCA Basic Perioperative TEE Education Program: Provides a thorough knowledge base in Basic Perioperative TEE. This joint Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists-ASA initiative fulfills the education component of the Extended CME Pathway for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) certification in Basic Perioperative TEE. CME

Clinical Ethics Decision-Making Course: This interactive education module on clinical ethics provides a foundation for educational institutions, physicians and other health care workers to be able to experience ethics education and learn methods to analyze clinical ethics situations. CME

Patient Safety CME:This case-based CME program educates through the presentation of patient safety scenarios, and is available exclusively online. Patient safety is a component of the ABA’s MOCA® requirements. CME

PM SERIES: Financial Data: Basics for the Anesthesiologist: This online course provides anesthesiologists with the fundamentals of financial management including medical billing operations, production and payroll, accounts payable, and benchmarks to measure operational performance, plus much more. CME

PM SERIES: Managing Clinical Risk Through Communication and Teamwork: This online course provides best practices to improve patient safety and strategies to minimize risk in your anesthesia practice. CME

PM SERIES for Residents: Evaluating a Practice: This online course provides the newly graduating anesthesiologist with basic knowledge and skills to make an informed choice regarding the type of anesthesiology practice that best fits their professional and personal goals and preferences. CME

Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI): Evaluate your practice with the goal of improved patient care while fulfilling case evaluation requirements of Part 4 of MOCA®. These modules can assist with collection of data from clinical outcomes or patient feedback, comparison to evidence-based practice guidelines, design and implementation of a plan to improve outcomes, and assessment of the intervention's success. CME

Sedation and Analgesia by Non-Anesthesiologists: ASA’s Sedation and Analgesia by Non-Anesthesiologists video includes CO2 basic monitoring and advanced life support information and provides basic knowledge on the safe administration of sedative and analgesic drugs used to establish a moderate level of sedation.

Self-Assessment Module - Critical Care (SAM-CC): Assess your areas of strength and weakness in critical care knowledge for ongoing education needs. A joint Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists-ASA initiative, SAM-CC can help fulfill the self-assessment component of the ABA's MOCA® Part 2 requirement. CME

Self-Assessment Module - Pain Medicine (SAM-PM): Assess your areas of strength and weakness in pain medicine knowledge and identify areas of improvement. In addition to helping fulfill the self-assessment CME requirement for Part 2 of MOCA®, SAM-PM can also assist in satisfying Maintenance of Certification in Subspecialties (MOCA-SUBS). CME

Self-Education and Evaluation Program (SEE): The Self-Education and Evaluation Program is a self-study CME program that highlights “emerging knowledge” in the field of anesthesiology. Called “the best journal club in anesthesiology,” the program presents relevant topics from more than 40 of today’s leading international medical journals. Available in print and online formats, an annual subscription contains two issues, each of which presents 100 questions with answers, detailed discussions and references. SEE can be utilized to fulfill a component of the ABA’s MOCA® requirements. Select issues of previous editions of SEE are available for purchase without CME credit. CME

Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA) Education and Clinical Training Portfolio: A joint American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and American Society of Anesthesiologists initiative provides applicants with a comprehensive education and training experience that fulfills current training recommendations for UGRA. 

OTHER

Office-Based Anesthesia: Considerations in Setting Up and Maintaining a Safe Office-based Anesthesia Practice:
This manual provides nuts-and-bolts advice and resources for anesthesiologists on setting up and maintaining a safe office-based anesthesia practice. 

Patient Education Resources: ASA offers a variety of patient education resources that are perfect for distributing to your patients.  

On-Demand Webinars: Designed for those unable to participate in the live event, on-demand webinars offer the opportunity to watch the webinar recordings online at your convenience.

Webinars: Interactive learning opportunities focused on issues that affect the medical specialty of anesthesiology, along with practical solutions and additional important information. Webinars are available on a wide variety of topics—some designed for anesthesiologists, with others intended for non-anesthesiologists. Webinars include both CME and non-CME programs.

 

CME: The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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