There are several ways that a member can participate in the SCSA
1. Seek office. Every year, a new member joins the officers track by being nominated and elected to serve as 2nd VP. This position is the first in the steps to President of the Society. The first year as 2nd VP is a learning year and does not involve any specific tasks, other than to attend executive committee meetings, when able. The SCSA Secretary/Treasurer is also an elected officer that serves a 4 year term and is a member of the Executive Committee.
2. Become an Executive Committee Member. The SCSA executive committee consists of the officers and a member from each of the SC Congressional districts, as well as a pain specialist and an MUSC resident.
3. Serve as a delegate to the ASA Annual HOD. The SCSA is entitled to 4 delegates to the annual ASA HOD. Terms are for 3 years.
4. Seek office as the ASA District Director. The ASA Board is made up of directors from each state, with some states having more than one director (due to size of the state).
5. Seek office as the Legislative Liasion to the ASA. This person is the contact between the state and the ASA on federal legislative issues.
6. Serve on the SCSAPAC Board. The SCSA started a political action committee in 2000 and it quickly grew to what is now the largest medical specialty PAC in South Carolina. Members may contact the SCSAPAC Board Chairman to be nominated to the Board.
7. Attend Meetings. The SCSA has an annual meeting and several executive committee meetings. All members may attend any executive committee they wish to attend. The business of the SCSA is conducted during the annual meeting.
8. Become a Legislative Contact. When all is said and done, legislators respond most to physicians who personally call or visit them. Your staff and lobbyists can do a lot, but when a physician calls the Senator or House Member, that has the greatest impact. Make no mistake, all the nurses, optometrists, chiroprators, et al make calls and visits. You must do it too. The SCSA needs to know if you know a legislator personally so that we can get you to make a call or visit when the time comes.
9. Tell your business manager to join the SC Anesthesia Business Managers Group. This group 'meets' mostly via email and conference calls and they work together on issues with insurance problems and other business related matters.
10. Call Us. Your Executive Director and Executive Committee members want to hear from you. Are we doing it right for you? Can we help? Have we missed something? We want and need to hear from you!
11. Go to the Website. There is a lot of information that we hope you find useful and important to keep you involved.
12. Pay Your Dues. Not everyone can or wants to participate with their time, but your dues are an important way to participate.