The Mission of the AASPD

  1. To provide a “home” where Program Directors of ACGME-accredited subspecialty fellowships (currently Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Pediatric Anesthesiology) can interact to discuss, evaluate and act on matters of common interest.
  2. To provide a milieu where Program Directors within their own subspecialty can generate ideas that they can share with the other subspecialties
  3. To encourage access and exposure to, and exchange of ideas with, Departmental Chairs and Core Program Directors at the SAAA Annual Meeting

A Message from the President

Dear Subspecialty Program Director:

I would like to welcome you to the AASPD website and encourage your participation in its activities throughout the upcoming year. As you can see from the mission statement above, the AASPD strives to create an opportunity and a place where subspecialty PDs can work together to present, consider and act on issues of mutual interest and communicate as group with the Academic Chairs and the Core Program Directors, the other components of the SAAA.

In 2014 the AASPD membership continued to grow as the largest of the three member associations in the SAAA comprising about 49% of the 501 SAAA members. As of November, the total number of AASPD members was 246 with the following breakdown by subspecialty:

SubspecialtyAASPD Members
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA)52
Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM)49
Obstetric Anesthesiology22
Pain Medicine67
Pediatric Anesthesiology58

Nonetheless, the is still plenty of room for more growth: there are many subspecialty PDs who don’t belong to the AASPD and new subspecialties will likely continue to be added by the ACGME - Regional Anesthesiology is up next.

Perhaps the most important upcoming issue for anesthesiology subspecialties is the incorporation of milestones into the training and evaluation of our fellows, due to begin in July 2015. The subspecialty milestones are finalized and available on ACGME website, and all the subspecialties have large portions in common, creating an opportunity to work together through the AASPD to share our ideas and experiences across the subs. The core programs have already started using the milestones this past July, and we can use our connection through the SAAA to gain from their experience.

This past November the AASPD held its Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago in association with the SAAA, which was well attended with 157 AASPD members present. The three SAAA groups meet separately on the first day and together on the second, and this year the AASPD had a two hour joint session on day one with the Core PDs that was well received by both groups. We are in the process of reviewing the evaluations and will be starting to plan the 2015 meeting to be held next November 6 & 7 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, so let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for topics or speakers and start making plans to attend!

In 2014 with the cooperation and support of the SAAA Council we changed the AASPD election process from passing out ballots at the annual business meeting to holding an online election a few weeks earlier. This allows AASPD members who cannot attend the meeting to participate in the election and settles who the leaders are before the business meeting, so more can be accomplished at that time.

The AASPD Council members currently are:

President: Jack Shanewise (ACTA)
President Elect: Charles Brock (Pain)
Secretary: Mark Stafford-Smith (ACTA)
Immediate Past President: Gary Brenner (Pain)

Other Council Members
Magdalena Anitescu (Pain)
Franklyn Cladis (Peds)
Dolores Njoku (Peds)
Benjamin Kohl (ACCM)
Libby Ellinas (OB)

I look forward to serving as the president of the AASPD for the next two years and working with you all to continue its growth and increase its value for the members.

With kind regards,

Jack S. Shanewise, MD
President, AASPD 2014-2016