As the 59th Annual NJSSA meeting comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone who attended the event. We appreciate your continued support and we are encouraged to work harder for our fellow anesthesiologists. With much enthusiasm, I have assumed the responsibility to serve as the president of the NJSSA. Succeeding the solid ground work laid down by past presidents, our team will continue to tackle current and upcoming challenges.

Various proposals of unfair Out-Of-network bills have been proposed and defeated over the years. We are actively joining forces with other specialties to engage communications with the new governor and his administration.

Advocacy for VA hospital physician-led anesthesia care team effort brought a huge success to secure patients’ safety. However, a new proposed rule allowing APRN to practice independently across the state line is in effect in three other states. NJSSA will be prepared should it come our way.

NJAPAC works tirelessly on our behalf. Executive members, residents, and medical students have donated to the NJA-PAC. Each donation will push progress one step further.

We will continue with our quarterly news letter, THE PULSE, and keep our members informed regularly through e-mail and website postings.

Young anesthesiologists are our future. To engage anesthesiology residents, we are sponsoring residents who attend various conferences from different training programs. Please contact your program director to volunteer for the position.

We are also hosting two complimentary “On The Road” dinner events and one resident reception. Join us for the opportunity to network with executive members, practicing anesthesiologists, and fellow residents in a causal setting. Visit our Facebook page and website for details.

Lastly, congratulations to the two research poster winners, Danielle Levin et al. and Obinwanne Emejulu et al. Well done!

The NJSSA executive members are all volunteer physician anesthesiologists with the same goal and passion: to serve and strengthen our community. Please contact us for any comments or suggestions. We are here to listen and put your feedback into action.

Christina Chin, MD

NJSSA President