The SCA is Not Well Endowed-Yet
|Roger A. Moore, MD
"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction
." -- John F. Kennedy.
Research and education are primary missions of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. In 1979, George Burgess, III, MD and Robert Marino, MD, two of the founders of our Society who still remain on our Board, envisioned a Society open to all anesthesiologists interested in the provision of care to patients with cardiac, thoracic and vascular disease. As has been reviewed in previous Presidents' messages, this vision has come a long way to being realized. However, another goal of our founders was that eventually the assets of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists would grow to such an extent that membership could be given to all anesthesiologists at a nominal fee, and attendance at all our meetings could be free. Obviously, such a vision was noble and progressive, but completely unattainable until the far future, when assets would have hopefully compounded to a considerable extent.
During the strategic planning session of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists earlier this year, the idea of financial freedom for the Society, with minimal financial cost to the membership, was revisited. As a result of this, I appointed a Task Force headed by Drs. Nancy Nussmeier and Jamie Ramsay to look into various methods to achieve financial independence for the Society of Cardio-vascular Anesthesiologists. An early suggestion was the development of an SCA
Endowment Fund for Education and Research. The concept is that a new fund, within the assets of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, will be developed strictly for education and research. This restricted fund would be allowed to grow so that sometime in the distant future the assets would be sufficient to alleviate the cost of our membership dues, as well as the cost of attendance at the various meetings offered by the SCA. Since the endowment fund at this time has $00.00 (zero dollars!!) in it, the ability to reach this noble goal is obviously far in the distant future. However, every long journey is made with a first step.
What can you do as a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthes-iologists to help promote education and research in our specialty? The simple answer is to participate in our annual giving program with your next dues payment. You will note, for the first time, on your October dues statement, that there is a line item that allows you to donate to the SCA Education and Research Fund in an amount of your choice. It can be $25, $50 or hopefully more. What better way to support your Society and the entire field of cardiovascular anesthesiology? The money that is donated to this fund will be used solely for education and research. Additionally, as our membership comes on board and provides money to this endowment fund, we are hoping that we will be able to get industry to match the contributions made by our members. Each dollar that you put into the endowment fund will come back to you in many ways, including enriched educational programs and new knowledge from supported research. Of course, all donations are tax deductible.
I realize that each of us is increasingly under a heavier and heavier economic gun. I also realize that the demands of the various Societies, Associations and Affiliations which you support, are constantly picking away at your pocketbook. However, if you want to do something in an active and real way to promote the specialty of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, please consider contributing at least an amount similar to what it would cost you to take your family or friends out to dinner one time. The vision of our founders to attain a cost free and educationally rich Society for all practitioners interested in providing care to our cardiac, pulmonary and vascular patients, could become a reality. Join in helping this future be realized by donating to the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists' Endowment Fund.
--Roger A. Moore, MD
Roger A. Moore, MD