The ASA Community is your online forum for valuable connection and collaboration. As a member, you are invited to share your experience and expertise, ask thoughtful questions, seek career guidance, and solicit helpful feedback from the entire community.
Code of Conduct
Engage in a conversational way. Beginning posts with a simple “hello” can go a long way toward putting everyone in a helpful frame of mind. Do your part to create a shared online space that feels relaxed, comfortable, and personable.
Say thank you – privately. Everyone likes to be recognized for high-quality contributions. When you receive a helpful reply, acknowledge that member by “liking” their post. For more personal “thank you” notes, a private message is always appreciated.
Disagree, but do so with respect. Challenge an idea through thoughtful debate – not to injure, defame or criticize others. Assume best intent – all views are welcome when offered in the context of constructive discussion.
Help us maintain a "sell-free" zone. Let idea-sharing be informational rather than promotional in nature. While linkouts to personal websites or blogs are acceptable on member profile pages, do not include them in discussion. Please do not post promotions or notifications about upcoming non-ASA events (free or paid).
And needless to say… All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions you may have regarding our Code of Conduct. And “if you see something, say something” by using the Mark As Inappropriate feature to alert us to any questionable content.
This site is provided as a service for the members of The American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. (ASA) for educational and informational purposes only. ASA is not undertaking to render advice and ASA is not responsible for the opinions or other information posted on this site by others. Community users must rely solely on their own judgment with respect to all issues discussed. ASA does not approve or endorse any specific practices that may be mentioned on the Community and responses are not intended as practice guidelines unless stated otherwise by ASA. ASA makes no warranties, guaranties or representations as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information posted on the Community or the experience or qualifications of Community users.
Information posted on the Community will not be treated as confidential and any information posted on the Community may be downloaded, reproduced and disseminated without the knowledge of the posting party and other users, so extreme care should be utilized when posting or sending any information through the Community.
The Community is not intended to serve as an exchange of any information that would be regulated by the federal Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations (HIPAA) or any state privacy laws. Do not post any protected health information to the Community.
By posting content, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants ASA and users of the Community site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material. Do not post anything that is subject to trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights, except with the express permission of the owner of such rights. If someone believes their intellectual property is being infringed on within the Community, please let ASA know by contacting the Community Manager.
Users are responsible for conducting their Community-related activities in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, users should not make posts that:
- Contain defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials or otherwise include personal attacks on others;
- Include any discussion or action that may be construed as an attempt to: raise, lower, or stabilize prices or fees; allocate markets, territories, or patients; prevent any person or business entity from gaining access to any market or to any member or patient; boycott any person or business; foster unfair trade practices; assist in monopolization; or attempts to monopolize; or otherwise violate applicable federal or state antitrust laws and trade regulations.
- May be considered an unauthorized solicitation, including advertisements or promotions for any products or services;
- Contain personal or private details about another person that could infringe upon their rights, including a patient’s protected health information;
- Impersonate someone else; or
- Breach any intellectual property laws.
ASA does not prescreen or verify the content posted by users of the Community. However, ASA reserves the right (but not the obligation) to monitor any and all information related to the Community and take actions that it deems necessary to enforce these Terms, as is more fully described in the Violation Policy.
Content posted to the Community may contain links to third-party websites or refer to third-party products. ASA does not have control over such websites or products and accessing such sites is at the user’s own risk.
EACH USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE COMMUNITY IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS, WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS. ASA AND ITS LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, ORAL, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ANY WARRANTIES ARISING BY VIRTUE OF CUSTOM OF TRADE OR COURSE OF DEALING, AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW. NEITHER ASA NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE LIABLE TO A USER OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, LAIBILITY, COST OR EXPENSE SUFFERED OR INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OR PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY OR ITS CONTENT NOR FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE COMMUNITY FOR ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF ASA OR ITS AFFILIATES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS LIABILITY SECTION SHALL SURVIVE ANY TERMINATION OF THESE TERMS OR ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY.
EACH USER AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS ASA AND ITS AFFILIATES (INCLUDING THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND CONTRACTORS) FOR AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS BROUGHT BY PERSONS OR ENTITIES OTHER THAN THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO EACH USER’S ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE COMMUNITY.
In addition, by accessing the Community, each user (each a Releasor) agrees to assume all risks and responsibilities in any way arising from or associated with the Community and releases ASA, its affiliates, members, committees, board, officers, legal representatives, employees, agents, and contractors (collectively Releasees) from any and all claims, demands, suits, judgments, damages, actions and liabilities of every name, whenever occurring, whether known or unknown, contingent or fixed, at law or inequity, that a user may suffer at any time arising from or in connection with the Community, including any harm to others (collectively Liabilities), and agree to defend, indemnify and hold Releasees harmless from and against any and all Liabilities. Each Releasor understands that he/she is giving up, among other things, all rights to sue Releasees for injuries, damages or losses incurred. Releasor also understands that this binds Releasor’s heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives and assigns.
These Terms shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Illinois, exclusive of its choice of law or conflict of law provisions. In addition, users consent to be subject to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the state courts located in Cook County, Illinois or the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, whichever has jurisdiction, and waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such court in the event of a dispute between the parties.
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Government and Legal Disclosures
Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect personal information collected through the Community, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that is transmitted to us and each user is solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly with any questions regarding their privacy policies. For any other information, please contact us using the Contact Us page.
ASA Community Violation Policy
Possible disciplinary actions for policy violations:
- Content may be modified or removed.
- Communication (verbal and/or written) with the member regarding the violation by ASA staff.
- Moderation of a member’s account for 30-days or longer, which requires review and approval of new posts by the Community Manager before the content is viewable by others on the site.
- Temporary or permanent suspension of a member’s account.
A member may appeal a temporary or permanent suspension of their account. If a member wishes to appeal, they must contact the Community Manager via email.
Appeals should include the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Full disclosure of any previous violations
- Why you feel the community removal should be overturned, include any relevant or supporting evidence