SPE01. Welcome Session
Meg Rosenblatt, MD, FASA, Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MHA, FACHE, FASA, Helge Braun, Professor, MdB, Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, FASA
Dr. Helge Braun remarks on “Leadership During COVID-19 in Germany: Protecting Patients, the Public and the Health Care System as a Whole” and describes the steps taken to work meticulously within a tight timeframe while managing a crisis and knowing the importance of being transparent.
Dr. Jerome Adams updates on the pandemic and describes discoveries and lessons learned federal actions to address the pandemic and a path forward for the profession.
SPE02. Opening Session and Keynote Session: Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research
Francis Collins, MD, Deborah L. Birx, MD, Mary Dale Peterson, MD
In his Keynote Lecture, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will detail the exceptional opportunities that recent scientific and technological breakthroughs offer for biomedical research. With emphasis on NIH’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and NIH-funded research on the brain, pain, and addiction, he will examine recent advances in fundamental knowledge about biology and highlight the ways in which that knowledge is serving to improve human health.
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, will comment on the role of the ASA and its members in responding to early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, what is expected going into the fall, and her first-hand perspective as the leading voice of the national response to the pandemic.
Dr. Mary Dale Peterson, ASA President, will also provide her personal and professional reminiscences of the past year, including the surprises and challenges anesthesiologists experienced, as well as the extraordinary successes achieved. Dr. Peterson will outline the priorities for the specialty, including important issues related to economics and health equity.
SPE08. Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture: Vital Signs: Transforming 21st Century Anesthesia Practice
Joanne Conroy, MD, Patricia Kapur, MD
The 21st century is a transformative time in anesthesia practice. The three transformational issues we must embrace are: disruption, gender equity, and patient safety. Disruption in anesthesia practice will require us to closely examine how we work across health systems, how we embrace technology and how we determine value and payment. An exploration of gender equity will show that, even in 2020, one-third of women anesthesiologists are underpaid and inequity still persists when it comes to talented women moving into leadership roles. Finally, anesthesiologists must lead on patient safety issues. Patients are at the center of everything we do. Our work is bigger than ourselves. Our work binds us to that patient, that family, that history. We must not only embrace change; we must lead it.
SPE11. Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology: Lewis H Wright Lecture: Dark Matter: Stories from the Shadows
Christine Ball, AM, MBBS, MD, FANZCA
The mental health of medical practitioners is currently of great concern to all doctors. Bullying, long hours, increasing expectations of patients and the frightening pace of change are all listed as contributors to mental health problems. We know these problems are not new but we know little about their consequences in the past. This paper will return to the 19th century and investigate the darker historical stories, stories of important people who suffered intense emotional hardship with devastating consequences. Our history celebrates great achievements, great men and great women. If we are going to paint a realistic picture of the past, it should also tell the other stories, the darker stories – the stories of difficult issues and complex emotions that make us human.
SPE10. John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science: Anesthesiology: Resetting Our Sights on Long-term Outcomes
Beverly Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC
The presentation will begin by reviewing several transformative discoveries that established the specialty of anesthesiology. This discussion will set the context for asking – what next? How do we chart our future as anesthesiologists? The perioperative period represents an unparalleled opportunity to understand the biology of disease and to develop new treatments. How do we rise up and embrace this opportunity? The example of perioperative neurocognitive disorders illustrates a scientific field that is ripe for discovery. Our future is exciting indeed!
Matthew Weinger, MD, MS
This topic will be covered in several sequential modules integrated in a single presentation. After explaining the importance of safety and quality, we will explore how the two laudable goals for perioperative care have come into conflict. A key aspect will be understanding how excessive zeal to achieve quality goals can degrade both clinician and patient safety. The consequences of failing to invest adequately in safety will be described. We will conclude with a discussion of the role of individual anesthesiologists in the future of safety and quality.