The 60th NJSSA Annual Spring Meeting was a success! We had a significant increase in the number of registrants this year, with many of them being young anesthesiologists. Excellent speakers with up-to-date lecture topics stimulated and engaged participants with never-before-seen enthusiastic questions and comments between the speakers and audience. The newly added Medical Student Airway Workshop, conducted parallel to the lecture, was also well attended. NJSSA will continue to offer the opportunity to educate and increase student exposure to anesthesiology. More ideas and programs are already being planned for next year.
The NJSSA “Women in Anesthesia” held their first group meeting in February, and continuation with the dialogue at the round-table discussion during the Society’s Annual Meeting. A special Facebook group and e-mail communication is being launched for any member who wishes to contribute to the topic. We will be gathering more information, resources and talents to participate in the group. The entire Executive Committee of NJSSA is in full support to move forward in the coming months.
In April, representatives of our Advocacy Committee were present as invited guests at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, where testimony was given regarding the impacts of implementation of how the Out-of-Network changes have created inconsistencies and ambiguities.
The Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee is currently being restructured nationwide. The new structure will be an open forum, instead of designated, appointed representatives from societies. NJSSA’s dedicated executive members will continue to follow the development.
This year is a crucial year as November will be an election year for the entire Assembly, in New Jersey and we can use more support and donation to our Political Action Committee (NJAPAC) so we can have face-to-face conversations with our state legislators to discuss new and ongoing issues relevant to the practice of anesthesiology.
Christina Chin, M.D., FASA