ASA-Lifebox Resident Challenge

The ASA-Lifebox Resident Challenge supports Lifebox’s work making surgery and anesthesia safer by equipping all operating rooms worldwide with pulse oximeters, training, and the protocols defined by the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist. There are still over 50,000 Operating Rooms without a pulse oximeter. In addition, thousands more ICUs and PACUs lack this vital monitoring tool as well.

The Resident Challenge is an effort by resident programs all over the United States to compete fundraising for Lifebox. An appointed resident leader can visit the campaign website and sign up their team to begin building a custom landing page. This will be a means for their colleagues and peers to join the challenge and pool their efforts and funds in support of Lifebox’s global pulse oximeter distribution efforts.

Lifebox and Smile Train recently released a new report on ‘A Critical Gap: Pulse Oximetry in Low- and Middle-Income Countries’ which details the impact of pulse oximetry through first-hand experiences from anesthesia providers across Africa. Read the report.

How to Join

It’s easy to join the ASA-Lifebox Resident Challenge. All you have to do is sign up or join your team and start fundraising! The winners are typically announced during the ASA Annual Meeting and individual teams are notified directly.


Sign up your Residency team and start fundraising to help meet the critical pulse oximetry gap worldwide.


Read our ASA Resident Challenge Guide for instructions and support on how to get started and make the most out of this event!


Whether you are supporting your team or donating to support the overall Challenge fundraising goal, please consider pitching in.


If you have any questions about this year’s Resident Challenge, how to sign up or donate, or anything else, please email

2021 Winners

We are honored to congratulate University of Rochester Medical Center for winning the 2021 ASA Resident Challenge raising a total of $2,758. We are also privileged to feature the runner-ups: the University of Wisconsin at $1,843 and the Cleveland Clinic Florida at $1,655. Thank you for your steadfast support of safer surgery and Lifebox’s global pulse oximeter distribution.

About Lifebox

Lifebox is a global nonprofit working to make surgery and anesthesia safer worldwide. Through tools, training, and partnerships we are making surgery safer for every patient, every time. Since 2011, we have distributed over 32,000 pulse oximeters to operating rooms in need. This work was made possible in part due to the contributions of anesthesia residents across the United States.

This year, Lifebox is celebrating its 10+1 Anniversary. Learn more about the progress we have achieved over the last eleven years: