SCA Newsletter - December 2001
Are You Connected... to the Society
of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists?
"The information highway will revolutionize communications even more
than it will revolutionize computing."
- Bill Gates
Do you know that the SCA has e-mail addresses for
only 30-40% of our members? I find this astounding since cardiovascular
anesthesiologists are among the most technologically advanced and
the most cutting-edge anesthesiologists in practice. I am sure this
does not reflect an avoidance of the information superhighway by SCA
members, but a lack of awareness of how important this "connection"
is for our Society. Increasingly, we are staying in touch with our
members through general e-mailing. These e-messages have a variety
of objectives ranging from bringing an important political or economic
message to the SCA membership's attention, all the way down to administrative
matters such as notification of registration fee increases or approaching
deadlines. The use of e-mail makes our communication with you much
more efficient and timely. Without your e-mail address in the database,
you won't receive these updates and reminders! So how can you get
connected? The new dues notice that you will soon be receiving will
include a spot to fill in your e-mail address, as well as office address,
telephone number and fax number. Please take the time to fill in this
information accurately, so that you will be properly placed in the
SCA database. Alternatively, you can submit your e-mail address and
full name to SCA@societyhq.com, and we will update your file automatically.
In 1998, the SCA committed itself to developing
a presence on the World Wide Web. If you have not yet had the opportunity,
please take some time to visit the SCA web page at www.scahq.org.
The SCA web site contains a wealth of information for the practicing
cardiovascular anesthesiologist, as well as for residents and fellows.
From the Home Page, you can go to JOB POSTINGS which is a list of
cardiovascular anesthesiologist jobs available throughout the country.
Each job posting includes the contact person, salary, job requirement
and job description. This link will be of particular interest to fellows
in cardiovascular anesthesia. Residents interested in a cardiovascular
fellowships should access the listing of CV fellowships throughout
North America. Each listing includes chief of the cardiovascular program
with contact information, salary and a most comprehensive list of
the program specifics.
If you already have a job or fellowship,
but would like to further your education, there are a variety of choices
you can access at the SCA web site. Didn't make it to the Society
of Cardiovascular Anesthes-iologists Annual Meeting in Vancouver this
past year? Many of the lectures were videotaped by Digiscript and
can be accessed via a direct link between the SCA site and Digiscript.
CME can be obtained after viewing each tape by completing an evaluation
and submitting a fee. Similarly
education is available within the Member Section
both with and without CME credit via the use of a number of vignettes
developed by the Electronic Communication Committee under the direction
of David Reich, MD. New vignettes will be added continually so that
members may well want to return on a periodic basis to the SCA web
site to view the new educational materials. If on-line education isn't
for you, other educational opportunities are offered. For instance,
the taping of the echo meeting lectures have been recorded on 31 tapes
which can be purchased on-line at the SCA web site. In addition, there
is a listing of all SCA meetings for 2002 with dates, and registration
information available at just a mouse click away.
The SCA/American Society of Echo cardiology
Task Force on inter-operative echo have also developed an updated
report form for transesophageal echo. This report form is an attempt
to standardize the reporting of transesophageal echo data for all
practitioners of transesophageal echo. As the task force continues
to work on these forms, the updates will appear on the web site.
Old newsletters are also available
to SCA members which include not only the words of wisdom from your
current president and past presidents, but in addition, contain the
pro and con interactions and literature reviews that have appeared
in past issues. This information is provided in a searchable database,
thereby providing easier access to information of interest. Finally,
there is a membership directory available to members only. In order
to access this, you must put in your user name and password. If you
have forgotten these, you can obtain them by contacting headquarters
at SCA@societyhq.com. There are many other features that can be accessed
also by visiting the SCA web site, including the society's official
journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. I invite everyone to visit
our web site in the near future.
I leave you with the plea to "get
connected." Make sure we have your newest e-mail address and
please plan to visit the SCA web site and all it's features available
Roger A. Moore, MD