Message from the SCA President – Andrew Shaw, MB FRCA, FFICM

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel

A message from ASA President Dr. Beverly K. Philip

ASA, in conjunction with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Society for Education in Anesthesia, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, has issued the following statement strongly encouraging all health care personnel to get vaccinated against COVID-19:

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel

The leadership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and professional societies associated with the specialty offer our support and strong encouragement for COVID-19 vaccination of the nation’s health care workers and all eligible Americans.

The health and safety of our members, our colleagues in health care, and the patients we serve is our highest priority. We believe widespread vaccination is the most effective path to reduce illness and death, and to ameliorate the impact of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective at significantly reducing the risk of becoming infected, spreading the infection to others, and becoming severely ill or dying from the disease. For health care personnel, COVID-19 vaccination is particularly essential because it significantly reduces the likelihood of unintentionally spreading COVID-19 to our patients, including those who may have weakened immune systems.

We believe anesthesiologists and anesthesiology professionals who work closely with patients in operating rooms and procedural areas, in hospitals and ambulatory settings, and in critical care units should be especially vested in closing the vaccination gap. We stand with all of our medical colleagues to strongly promote these efforts.

You can access the Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel and an accompanying press release on the ASA website.

Announcing the SCA Mobile App

Now available on the Apple and Android app stores for FREE!

SCA has released an official app that gives your easy access to everything SCA, including:

  • SCA Guidelines
  • Educational Content
  • Timely Webinars
  • Social Media Channels
  • And the SCA Website!

The SCA is committed to upholding the highest standards of inclusivity and diversity in pursuing our mission of being an unbiased and credible source of information, expertise, and leadership. Our collective reverence for mutual respect, shared experience, and mentoring drive what we do, both professionally and personally, each and every day.

ASA/SCA Joint Congratulatory Letter on Approval of ABA’s ACA Examination

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) congratulate the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) on the recent approval of a subspecialty certificate in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology (ACA) by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

SCA has documented a decade-long rise in demand for specialized cardiac anesthesiology care in the U.S., due to a growing prevalence of disease (48 percent in adults 20 years of age and older), and the growth of technological advancements enabling care.

With this rise in demand for specialized adult cardiac anesthesiology care in the U.S., the ACA subspecialty certification is timely and relevant.

“This is indeed a great day for everyone involved in cardiac anesthesiology – either as a provider or as a patient,” said SCA President, Andrew D. Shaw, MB, FCCM, FFICM, FRC.

According to the ABA, physicians with an ACA subspecialty certification will be acknowledged as experts in the imaging, diagnosis, physiology, pharmacology and management of care for adults whose cardiac disease requires leading-edge techniques, interventions and the latest treatment technology.  

“Patients will be confident they are getting the very best, expert anesthesiology care at critical times”, said ASA president, Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA.

The ASA and SCA congratulate ABA and look forward to a continued partnership that will elevate the specialty of anesthesia.

Apply to Join ABA’s Exam Writing Committee

Write Questions for the ABA’s Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology Assessments

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is seeking question writers to develop items for its new Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology (ACA) Exam and Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology MOCA Minute. The ACA Exam is expected to launch in 2023, and the ACA MOCA Minute questions will be distributed the following year to diplomates certified in the subspecialty.

Writers will be responsible for preparing multiple-choice questions from assigned content areas and will be paired with experienced question editors who will provide guidance and feedback. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have valid, unexpired certification in anesthesiology
  • Not participate in activities that may constitute a conflict of interest, such as exam review courses for which a fee is charged

Additionally, all applicants who are selected as question authors must be “Participating in MOCA” during their entire service term as an ABA volunteer.

What You’ll Need to Apply

Submit an online application to provide two original assessment questions, demographic information and details on why you’d like to volunteer. If you are applying to write questions for both the ACA Exam and MOCA Minute, you’ll submit one sample question for each area.

You must complete the application all at once, so please use this checklist of items you’ll need and question development tips.

See the Checklist & Question Tips

Collect the Checklist Items & Apply by Aug. 31

Once you’ve collected the items on the checklist and created your questions, click on the link below to submit your application.

Submit Your Application

The ABA will notify applicants who have been selected as new question writers by Nov. 1. All new writers should attend an item-writing workshop on Jan. 27, 2022. A second workshop will be held June 15, 2022, for anyone who cannot participate in January.

If you have questions, please contact ABA Director of Assessment Development & Delivery Anna Menzies at or (919) 745-2243.