Newswise — CHICAGO – The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the launch of two new monthly podcasts. “Central Line,” which focuses on providing physician anesthesiologists, the anesthesia care team and anesthesiology community with lively discussions on the latest issues impacting the field, and “Residents in a Room,” designed to provide residents and medical students with entertaining, yet vital, conversations about the essential tools needed to succeed in residency and in their career.

“Our goal is to create podcasts that provide listeners with real conversations among peers and leaders in anesthesiology so that they gather unique insights into the challenges and opportunities we face during training or in practice,” said ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSHCA, FACHE, FASA. “We have an exciting pool of guests lined up for ‘Central Line,’ discussing everything from drug shortages and surprise medical bills to gender equity.  In fact, in the inaugural episode, U.S. Surgeon General, VADM, Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., addresses the opioid epidemic, the use of marijuana for pain management, and more.”

Central Line” is ASA’s primary podcast series, edited and hosted by ASA Committee on Communications Chair Adam Striker, M.D., FASA.  In each 20-minute episode, Dr. Striker, or a guest host, will interview and facilitate a discussion with other physicians, thought leaders, and industry experts to share individual experiences or dive into a specific topic or issue critical to the practice of anesthesiology and the profession. 

Residents in a Room” is ASA's podcast series for residents featuring anesthesiologists-in-training from across the country, putting it all out there, discussing their hopes, fears and expectations for residency and what comes after.  Each episode will feature a host, typically a resident, facilitating a roundtable-style discussion with several peers.  Topics will include navigating work/life balance, career path advice, successfully preparing for board exams or interviews with residency program directors, managing financial challenges, and more.  Episodes will generally be 20-30 minutes.

“This is an opportunity for residents to hear from their contemporaries, learn from those who have recently gone through similar career paths, and receive peer-to-peer mentoring,” said Dr. Peterson. “Each host will be selected from varied resident groups to ensure diverse opinions and experiences are shared.”  

Access the first three episodes of each podcast using your favorite podcast app, including iTunes, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or explore them now at



Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 54,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves. For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit Like ASA on Facebook, follow ASALifeline on Twitter.


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