6th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence at Duke University



  • Duke Global Health Institute


  • Vanderbilt University

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6th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence at Duke University

Informing the literature on the paucity of surgical and safe anesthesia has been a goal of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) since inception 7 years ago. The group of more than 200 medical students, MPH students, residents, fellows and physicians from many specialties and countries, gathered to discuss topics long-considered by the group metrics, burden, maternal mortality and anesthesia, as well as topics novel to this annual meeting include cancer, neurosurgery and perioperative mortality. The faculty included esteemed members of the Duke Community, and visiting faculty from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Indiana University, Vanderbilt University, and Wake-Forest University.

Participants shared their knowledge and tried to prove that the theme of the 6th Annual ASAP meeting - Partnerships in Innovation - was critical if we wished to construct a global platform for surgical and anesthetic care. The breakout groups, now a signature component of the ASAP meeting, also revealed growth in content. Topics included integrating global health into a surgery residency, future directions in global anesthesia, capacity building, obstetric anesthesia, pain management, advocacy, accountability in global health work, and reverse innovations in global health. The group on advocacy discussed the upcoming World Health Assembly and the role of this body in the future role of safe anesthesia and surgery in LMICs. The anesthesiology working group drew record numbers of participants this year, and their discussions included the perioperative mortality rate as a rough measure of patient safety.