Dr. Mariam Sarwary, left, with other resident delegates: Drs. Felipe Perez (Stanford), Danielle Binler (UCSF), and Adam Milam (Cedars-Sinai)
UCLA Resident Steps Up at CSA House of Delegates
June 6, 2019
Congratulations to Mariam Sarwary, MD, who is finishing up her CA-1 year, on her election by her peers as the newest UCLA resident representative to the California Society of Anesthesiologists!
Dr. Sarwary attended the recent meeting of the CSA House of Delegates in Irvine on June 1-2. She participated in the meeting of the In-Training Forum and offered testimony on the need for residents to learn about health policy and take part in political advocacy starting early in their training. Her recent experience in Sacramento at CMA Legislative Day in April “really opened my eyes to the importance of advocacy and legislation in our profession,” she said.
With the support of Dr. Sarwary and other residents, the House passed a resolution to create a pilot program for residents to have an on-site rotation in Sacramento to meet legislators and take part in advocacy activities.
The weekend in Irvine “was a wonderful learning experience,” Dr. Sarwary said. “Not only did I learn about the organization’s goals and resolutions for the year, but I also caught an inside glimpse of the inner workings of the CSA.”
This is the first year that CSA has hosted discussion forums for private practice anesthesiologists from different-sized groups, along with forums for academic physicians and residents.
“It was very interesting to see how delegates from different forums, whether large independent practice or solo practitioners, had varying viewpoints on crucial topics,” Dr. Sarwary said. The delegates passed resolutions including a “Truth in Advertising” measure in support of requiring all clinical practitioners to wear badges clearly identifying their roles and levels of training. Opinions varied more widely on another resolution to support the licensure of Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants in our state, so that resolution was referred to a task force of the President’s choice for further research and discussion.
Our department was well represented at the House of Delegates by several faculty members: Johnathan Pregler, MD, who holds the office of ASA Alternate Director; Dan Cole, MD, past ASA President; James Moore, MD, past CSA President; Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH, Ali Salehi, MD, and Keren Ziv, MD.