First launched in October, 2013, the first Annual Resident Lifebox Challenge is an initiative of the ASA Resident Component to engage U.S. anesthesiology residents in support of the global safe surgery program of the Lifebox Foundation. Lifebox provides essential patient monitoring equip-ment and training in the poorest corners of the world where surgical mortality is extraordinarily high.  These devices will safeguard thousands of patients each during their lifetime and allow our colleagues in low resource settings to raise their monitoring practice to the standard we’ve em-braced for thirty years.

ASA’s Charitable Foundation serves as the platform for the resident fundraising activities.

Learn more about this year's Challenge at National Lifebox Challenge.

Since its inception, the ASA Resident Lifebox Challenge has raised more than $60,000 and pro-vided more nearly 250 oximeters to facilities in need.  The number of participating programs has grown each year.  “US anesthesia residents have helped safeguard millions of lives around the world. Reducing avoidable anesthesia mortality is an achievable goal that anesthesia residents can make possible.” said Alexander Hannenberg, M.D., ASA Past President and ASA Charitable Foundation president.  See the Lifebox story at

Winners of the competition are assessed on total funds raised and funds raised per resident position. The winning programs have been:

2016 winners: Contributions per Resident - Baystate Medical Center and Total Contributions - University of Miami
2015 winners: Contributions per Resident - University of Mississippi and Total Contributions - University of Miami
2014 winners: Contributions per Resident - University of Rochester and Total Contributions - University of Rochester

Read the University of Miami residents’ interview.

The ASA Charitable Foundation and Lifebox are grateful to the residents who led these efforts in their programs and introduced some very creative and effective fundraising activities.

Contributions per Resident Standings
Rank Program Contributions Residents* $$/Resident
1 University of Mississippi $ 510.00 26 $ 19.62
2 University of Oklahoma $ 330.00 36 $ 9.17
3 University of Rochester $ 320.00 52 $ 6.15

* CA1-CA3 resident positions per ACGME

Total Contributions
Rank Program Contributions
1 University of Mississippi $ 330.00
2 University of Oklahoma $ 330.00
3 University of Rochester $ 320.00

August 5, 2017


Participating Programs:

University of Rochester  
University of Oklahoma  
University of Mississippi  

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