Code of Conduct

Members must accept these Terms of Use before gaining access to ASA Community.

ASA Community Terms of Use


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.

This is your community and it is one of your many member benefits, so help us make it the best possible experience for all participants. By accessing this community, you agree that you have read and will follow this Code of Conduct and be bound by our Terms of Use.

ASA reserves the right to remove content and suspend or terminate participation for members who violate our Terms of Use, below. (For details on the process, please refer to our Violation Policy.)

Code of Conduct

    • Bring value to the discussion. Be generous with your insights – everyone has something to contribute. Make a conscious effort to ask and answer questions in the community and make your voice heard.


    • 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.


    • Share your best tools. Whenever possible, post useful learnings and resources for all members’ benefit, and include context around why you’re sharing these tools with the community.


    • 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.


    • Welcome our newest members. Extend a helping hand to those who are engaging with community for the first time, or who are new to anesthesiology. Be inclusive and accepting.


    • 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).


    • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.


    • 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.


ASA Community Terms of Use

By joining a Community, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, accept and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use (Terms) and the Code of Conduct, which is incorporated into and is part of these Terms. These Terms may be revised from time to time and it is the user’s responsibility to stay informed of any changes. Use of the Community constitutes the user’s continuing agreement to be bound by these Terms, as amended.

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.

ASA Community Privacy Policy

Any personal information users provide to ASA, including name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below or as otherwise stated in ASA’s website Privacy Policy.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

Our Service Providers
We may share personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

Business Transfers
Personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of a user’s personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Government and Legal Disclosures
We may disclose the personal information we collect through the Community, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms of Use or other agreements that govern each user’s use of the Community; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Each user is advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

Cookies
We and other service providers may use cookies and other technologies to improve your experience on our website and other websites. A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to a user’s browser and stays on the user’s computer or mobile device when our site is visited. Cookies allow us to remember users when they visit the Community and serve as advertising about ASA or other relevant products and services on or after users have left our site. Users can delete cookies by “clearing” their browser’s cache. Users can also set their browser to block or alert them about cookies using their device’s settings or opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by using the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page. If a user opts out of the use of cookies, features or functionality may be limited on certain sites.

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

ASA has the sole discretion to enforce its Terms of Use. ASA, in its sole discretion and without notice, may review, modify or remove any content that ASA deems inappropriate or otherwise violates its Terms of Use, and/or suspend or terminate participation in any and all groups by, any member who violates the Terms of Use.

Taking action against one of our members, particularly in regard to suspending an account, is something we would like to avoid, but it may be necessary in order to protect the quality of service we strive to provide to all members. This restriction is not intended to limit the professional networking and collaborative discussion on the ASA Online Community, but rather to enrich it. When unsure whether a particular action is consistent with ASA’s Terms of Use, please err on the side of caution. If you have any questions, please contact your Community Manager.


Possible disciplinary actions for policy violations:

The following describes ASA’s general process for handling violations of its Terms of Use; however, ASA reserves the right to abridge, reorder, or amend this process if deemed necessary in individual cases.

  • 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.


Appeal Process 


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