ASA offers members the education, research and practice management tools they need to serve their patients and their profession. As an ASA member, you have complimentary access to the journal Anesthesiology, the premiere source of research in the profession of anesthesiology, the ASA NEWSLETTER, as well as practice management tools, an interactive community of members, and a variety of educational resources no matter where you are in your career. Membership is more than 48,000 strong – join us today!
About ASA Components
Because of the critical importance of state legislative issues, grassroots involvement and related practice concerns, ASA membership is contingent on membership in a component society (ASA Bylaws, Section 3.00; members located outside the US are exempt from this requirement). Components are separate nonprofit organizations, chartered by the ASA. The application that you complete for ASA is also used for component membership. You will be contacted by the component and receive a dues statement from both the ASA and your component society. You should join the component where you conduct your principle practice.
There are components in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Other component societies, such as the resident, medical student and uniformed services component provide opportunities for unique segments of our membership to deepen their relationship with the ASA. For contact information for your component society, click here.
Each component is unique. Depending on member need and interest, the component may offer programs and meetings of interest to its members. Additionally, other key functions of our state component societies include:
Giving Anesthesiology a Political Voice in State and Local Government Issues
One of the primary purposes of the component society is to represent the interests of its members in the governmental process. Component membership allows the state component to provide the representation necessary to effect state legislation and regulation, as well as participation in the federal arena.
Providing Opportunities for Volunteerism and Leadership Development
Although the types of opportunities vary, state components can offer an opportunity to serve on committees and in leadership positions. Component activities can provide a pathway to becoming involved at the national level in activities of the ASA.
Providing Key Educational Experiences
Many components provide educational opportunities for members, ranging from large annual meetings to practice specific topics of current interest.
Representing the Interests of Its Members in ASA Governance Activities
Each component has representation in the ASA Board of Directors and House of Delegates. By participating in your component society, you can influence the ASA's agenda and affect national policy making.
Increasing the Visibility of the ASA as an Advocate for Anesthesiology and Patient Safety
Component societies are important players in creating effective advocacy and implementing standards and policies at the local level.