Why not become a member of the UK’s biggest anaesthetic subspecialist society with over 2500 members providing a focus for all clinicians wishing to improve the standard of airway management. The Difficult Airway Society (DAS) was formed in 1995 to advance the public’s understanding airway management and was aimed at anaesthetists, critical care personnel and allied professions. It has since evolved into the world's largest and most active international airway management society.
There are two membership categories Full and Associate. Full membership is open to anyone medically qualified whether practicing in the UK and registered with the GMC or overseas (registered with their GMC equivalent). Associate membership is for non-medically qualified persons such as Operating Department Practitioners (ODP’s) and nurses. The current Full Membership subscription fee is £40 a year whilst Associate Membership is only £10 a year. Associate Members enjoy the same rights and privileges as Full Members but are not allowed to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Becoming a member is now made simpler by an online application in a few easy steps.
- Fill in the online application form
- Confirm your details
- UK members can set up online direct debit (through GoCardless) during the application process. It is quite easy and quicker than paper direct debit form. You also have the option to download the direct debit mandate and send it to DAS after filling in the online application.
- Overseas members can pay online through PayPal(Secure PayPal website). If you do not have PayPal not to worry. You can pay using credit or debit card using PayPal website.
- Please note: Paying through PayPal will set up a recurring annual payment. You can cancel this anytime thorough your PayPal account.
Click below to access the membership form. For further details and benefits read on...
DAS Annual Scientific Meetings
The DAS Annual Scientific Meeting incorporating 1 day of workshops and two days of plenary sessions is usually held in a rotating UK venue every November. Details of all meetings are published on the DAS website and in the DAS newsletter. The meeting is granted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by the Royal College of Anaesthetists at a tariff of 5 points per full day.
One of the main aims of DAS since its inception has been to promote airway research. We currently award an annual UK research grant of £10k via the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) to support research in this field.
Benefits of DAS membership include:
As a member you will receive regular copies of the DAS newsletter and are eligible for discounted registration fees at the Annual Scientific Meeting. However, the over-riding benefit of membership is altruistic: you will be part of an organisation striving to increase the safety of airway management. You will be in a position to get involved at a grass roots level and personally survey the DAS membership or volunteer to act as a local lead for the ADEPT project with the help and support of DAS. We also intermittently advertise in the newsletter for members to apply to oversee projects as diverse as the newsletter, DAS member surveys, website, airway management course provision, human factors and difficult airway trolleys to name but a few. Successful applicants being co-opted onto the DAS committee for a fixed tenure: ideal preparation prior to applying for positions such as Treasurer, Secretary or President. Some lucky members may be awarded the DAS medal or be in a position to apply for a DAS professorship.
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