Education at ASA

Managing the development and delivery of high-quality education programming requires collaboration between physician volunteers and professional staff. The ASA Education Department staff works with committees, editorial boards and ASA leadership to develop the programs that contribute to a member's lifelong learning.


The Committee on Professional Education Oversight (CPEO), whose members are primarily ASA Section Chairs, oversees all educational activities and CME compliance. With an approved strategy, the CPEO effectively supports physician activities and develops successful programs across ASA.

Committee on Professional Education Oversight

Beverly K. Philip, M.D., Chair (2017)

Randall M. Clark, M.D. (2017)
Neal H. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. (2017)
Scott Groudine, M.D. (2017)
Michael Lewis, M.D. (2017)
David Martin, M.D., Ph.D. (2017)
Thomas McLoughlin, M.D. (2017)
Mary Dale Peterson, M.D. (2017)
Mark Warner, M.D. (2017)
David Wlody, M.D. (2017)


Contributions made by members to the development of ASA CME activities are immeasurable. The success of many CME activities is directly attributed to the commitment, resourcefulness and intellectual capital of the physicians involved. Through their participation, members lend their knowledge and experience to help ASA produce education programs that can address the most relevant areas of practice to members and other healthcare professionals.


ASA leadership is committed to hiring professional staff with the qualifications to lead, produce and manage knowledge-based educational activities. The Learning Division staff is primarily responsible for planning the design, production and delivery of ASA education content. The staff aggregates data to identify learning needs and gaps, designs education programs and improvements to meet priority needs, coordinates content development with physician leaders, and produces the program in the appropriate delivery medium and evaluates the results. Staff members also coordinate reporting CME and American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) compliance to the ABA; track and report data to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); establish policies and processes to ensure compliance with ACCME, ABA and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) requirements; and coordinate activities for the Simulation Education Network. The Education Department assists Member Services with customer support.


The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) aims to provide evidence-based education and resources to physician anesthesiologists and their patient care teams. This learning program supports a continuum of professional development practice needs, regulatory requirements, continuous quality improvement and identification of clinical gaps. As a sole accredited provider, ASA's educational program encourages individual and peer-to-peer engagement, and supports career-long learning to promote educational collaborations with affiliated subspecialty and component societies in joint provider partnerships where appropriate. ASA strategically customizes educational resources to address varied learning styles with the intent to optimize anesthesia patient safety performance, improve clinical care and enhance anesthesia professional competencies. ASA's program demonstrates learning success through a results-oriented framework based on a range of educational outcomes between the individual learner and the health system.