Call for Nominations

John J. Bonica Award

Resident of the Year Award

Resident Section Committee

John J. Bonica Award

The ASRA John J. Bonica Award Committee is seeking nominations from the ASRA membership for physicians and scientists who have distinguished themselves in the following areas of pain medicine: research, teaching, and clinical practice.

The John J. Bonica Award honors the abundant contributions Dr. Bonica made to the field of pain medicine. Dr. Bonica championed the collaboration of specialists from multiple disciplines in the evaluation and treatment of patients with pain. He wrote the first comprehensive textbook devoted to pain management, mentored clinicians and colleagues, and started the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Nominees for this award should embody the ideals of John Bonica and his passion for pain medicine as manifested through their contributions by way of research, teaching, and clinical practice.

The nominee does not have to be a member of ASRA. Previous awardees and current members of the Board of Directors of ASRA are not eligible.

ASRA is seeking nominations for the 2018 award cycle. Awardees will become lifetime members of ASRA and be recognized at the 17th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting held in San Antonio, TX, November 15-17, 2018.

Nominations should be made using this John J. Bonica Award nomination form. Letters of recommendation may be emailed to All materials must be received by 11:59 PM, December 31, 2016 Eastern Time.

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Resident Section Committee

The ASRA Resident Section Committee (RSC) currently seeks nominations for committee members.  

Committee Overview

The Resident Section Committee exists to

  • Provide a forum for Residents and Fellows interested in regional anesthesiology and/or pain medicine.
  • Provide a voice for Residents and Fellows within the Society.
  • Coordinate the activity for Trainee members (Residents and Fellows) by contributing to various committees and awards:
    • Annual Meeting Educational/Scientific Planning Committees - participate in constructing a Resident/Fellow program for the annual meetings.
    • Newsletter Committee and Website and Social Media Committee - contribute content for the various communication resources and venues of each committee.
    • Membership Committee - participate in promoting membership in ASRA by educating themselves and other Residents and Fellows about the benefits of ASRA membership and encouraging colleagues to become lifelong members of the Society.
  • Select the ASRA Resident/Fellow of the Year Award.

Committee Positions


  • Plans and leads meetings of the Resident Section.
  • Prepares the Annual Reports of the activities for the Board of Directors.
  • Serves as an active member of several committees:
    • Annual Meeting Educational/Scientific Planning Committees
    • Membership Committee
    • Newsletter Committee
    • Website and Social Media Committee
  • Coordinates the activities of the Resident Section’s contributions to the workings of the Society.
  • Selected by the Resident Section.
  • Serves a single one-year term commencing at the end of the spring meeting.


  • Assists the Resident Section Chair in the above activities so that he/she may assume the Chair role the following year.
  • Selected by the Resident Section.
  • Serves a one-year term commencing at the end of the spring meeting, then automatically ascends to the Chair position for the following year.


  • Participates in the annual meetings (if possible) and conference calls to achieve the goals and duties of the Resident Section.
  • Selected by the Resident Section.
  • Number of at-large members will be determined by the Resident Section.
  • Serves a one-year term commencing at the end of the spring meeting. May be reappointed for up to two additional one-year terms based on their participation each year.

Faculty Advisors (2)

  • One specializing in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine.
  • One specializing in pain medicine.
  • Appointed by the ASRA President.
  • Serve up to two three-year terms.

Time Commitment

The committee meets in person twice a year at the two ASRA annual meetings:

  • Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting (spring)
  • Pain Medicine Meeting (fall)

Member-at-Large members should try to attend at least one of the meetings in person, if possible.  In addition, the committee holds conference calls throughout the year and members should commit to participating in these as often as possible.

The Chair and Chair-Elect must be willing to devote additional time throughout the year to the planning and execution of the various activities.

Eligibility requirements

  • Candidates must be paid ASRA members when their nominations are submitted and ensure that their membership remains active through their committee tenure.
  • Submit the following documentation before the deadline:
    • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or program director.
    • Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
    • Personal statement from the nominee.

 Nomination Options

  • ASRA members, Program Directors, and current ASRA faculty members may submit a nomination to the ASRA Board of Directors for Residents and Fellows interested in joining this committee, using this nomination form.
  • Residents and Fellows may use the nomination form to nominate themselves.

Eligible nominees not selected for the Chair-Elect position will be automatically considered for a Member-at-Large position.


  • Dec 31, 2016 - Nomination period ends.
  • March 2017 - Appointments will be announced.
  • April 2017 - Terms for new committee members officially begin at the close of the 42st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting April 6-8, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

Submission Deadline - December 31, 2016

Nominations and all required documents must be submitted by 11:59 PM, December 31, 2016 Eastern Time.

Nominations will not be considered if they:

  • Are incomplete or missing any of the required documents.
  • Received after the deadline.

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