- How does the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) committee appointment process work and who has input?
The process for nominating and appointing ASA members to standing committees is detailed in the Bylaws and Administrative Procedures; it follows an annual cycle that begins on November 15th of each year and runs through May. Appointments are within the purview of the President-Elect, who relies on the input of Section and Committee Chairs, component and subspecialty societies, academic institutions and individuals.
- Can a person be nominated to serve on a committee during the current Governance Year?
The President will make appointments to fill any vacancies that arise during his or her term. Otherwise, appointments will have been set the prior May.
- Who selects the committee chairs and members? What input is obtained from the anesthesia community?
The ASA Bylaws stipulate that “[t]he President-Elect shall select those members of this Society who will be appointed to committees, including committee chairs...” The President-Elect will solicit recommendations for committee appointments from Section and Committee Chairs, component and subspecialty societies, academic institutions and individuals. Nominees must fulfill certain requirements, including completion of a self-nomination form and a conflict of interest disclosure form. Other criteria considered include special expertise in an area, geographical and demographic balance of the committee and an individual’s leadership potential (as a prospective, future committee chair).
- Can I nominate myself or a colleague?
Yes to both. Forms are available on the ASA website. All nomination forms must be completed and submitted during a certain time period and are only accepted electronically. If you nominate a colleague, then that person is also required to submit a self-nomination form; anyone who does not complete a self-nomination form will not be considered by the President-Elect. Any individual wishing to volunteer themselves for committee service should also complete a self-nomination form.
- What factors or traits are considered by the President-Elect when deciding who should serve on a committee?
A committee, as defined by the ASA Bylaws, will only have six regular members plus adjunct members on it. Therefore, the President-Elect’s first task is to define the number of vacancies that will arise on any given committee. Thereafter, the President-Elect will solicit recommendations for committee appointments from Section and Committee Chairs, component and subspecialty societies, academic institutions and others. Attention is given to an individual’s ability to devote the requisite amount of time to serving on the committee; ASA leadership strives to maintain a balance on each committee of experienced members, more junior members, geographical and demographic representation and a prospective member’s leadership potential.
- Are resident members eligible for committee appointments?
Yes. And resident participation is encouraged. ]
Who else can serve as a committee member?
The Bylaws indicate that ASA members in good standing are eligible for service on a standing committee. No membership categories or length of ASA membership are specified.
- What is the timeline leading up to committee appointments?
In general, the schedule begins immediately following the ASA Annual Meeting each October and is set up as follows:
||The colleague and self-nomination forms are available on the ASA website beginning in November. The President-Elect begins to identify and (re)appoint Chairs for each committee.
||The nominations period closes in January and the colleague and self-nomination submission vehicle on the website is deactivated. No submissions may be received after this date.
||The President-Elect reviews all forms and confers with others before making appointments and assigning terms.
||Committee appointment letters are sent. Recipients must accept their appointment and complete conflict of interest disclosure forms in order to finalize the process and make the appointment official.
||Committee rosters are prepared for inclusion in the House of Delegates handbook.
||New committee members are added to the Listserv® lists so they can become acquainted with what the committee is engaged in at the time.
||Committee terms begin and/or end at the close of the second session of the House of Delegates. Members whose terms have expired are removed from the committee Listserv® lists.
- How are committee members’ terms determined, and how long do they serve?
Committee members’ terms are assigned initially by the President-Elect. Regular members serve three-year terms; after a maximum of three terms, a member is required to rotate off for one year. Adjunct members serve one-year terms and must self-nominate each year if they wish to continue participating on a standing committee of ASA.
- How many committees and committee members are there?
ASA is proud of its strong committee structure and the literally thousands of volunteer hours by the members of those committees devoted to advancing the science, practice and profession of anesthesiology. Although the actually tally varies, there are an average of 90 committees, subcommittees, ad hoc committees and editorial boards boasting a membership of 1,000 individuals in any given year.
- So if I’m interested in serving as a committee member, or know someone else who is, what are the next steps?
The descriptions for each committee (effective March 2011) appear in the ASA Administrative Procedures. Determine your area(s) of interest and whether your other commitments and obligations allow time for you to devote to service. Visit the committee listing on the ASA website for contact information of the current chair and learn more about what the committee is doing and needs in the upcoming Governance Year.
For a list of committees, their chairs and current members, go to: ASA Committees.