Recently there's been a lot of hot debate. This is healthy and it's constructive when there's no 'trash talking' and use of expletives. Recently in the private forum aka "Anesthesiology Club" we've had just that, HEALTHY discussion. The problem in the PUBLIC forum (this one) is that CRNAs come on here and make statements. They made statements that are often times antagonizing. Although many of us despise this, it just goes to show that there ARE militant CRNAs that want to take OUR jobs away. There's a growing number of this type of CRNA. Regardless of whether they are capable, their PR campaign throws sand in the eyes of the public to equate us with them. We need to do something about this. I want to make it clear that the INTENT of the PRIVATE forum at this time is by no means to "take over the ASA" or completely reject it or it's leaders. The sole purpose of the forum is to have friendly, productive, educated discussion among physician anesthesiologists (including residents and med students of anesthesiology). In fact, we want to create a platform where ASA members can come together to reach a solution to this ever growing problem of midlevel infiltration of our specialty. We believe having a forum like the private forum will help faciliate new ideas to come forward. Yes, there's an annual meeting for the ASA, but this is just that annual. By having discussions more frequent, we can make certain that when individuals come together "really", we can be more productive since ideas have been debated. Our members are passionate and do desire action and change for the betterment of the specialty. The CRNA issue is only ONE of many subjects discussed on the private forum. We invite ALL ASA residents, attendings and medical students to take part in this forum. Furthermore, the Private Forum allows an area where information can be openly discussed. Again members IN the forum are still anonymous, the only difference is that the moderator (and only the moderator) will know who you really are. Regards, P.S. At this time the Private Forum is NOT the official forum of the ASA. However, ASA membership is checked only to make certain one is who they say they are.