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SCA ANNUAL MEETING SUPER ECHO PANEL
A new feature in the SCA Bulletin. An echo loop of an interesting finding with a brief description.
The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) publishes the SCA Bulletin bimonthly. The information presented in the SCA Bulletin has been obtained by the editors. Validity of opinions presented, drug dosages, accuracy and completeness of content are not guaranteed by SCA.
SCA seeking to offer more quality and value
As all you baseball fans know, fall is passing and World Series time has passed. Unfortunately it seems the major story of this year’s playoffs was the poor umpiring. All teams were victimized by horrendous calls. Making matters worse, Commissioner Bud Selig has recently affirmed that Major League Baseball has no intention on improving its product by utilizing new technology.
The BOD also approved an RFP for redesign of the SCA website. Our goal of this renovation is to improve functionality of the website and also to create membership communication. The website will continue to be used to post important Clinical Guidelines that the SCA helps to create and endorses. New Guidelines regarding important topics such as invasive monitoring and intraoperative echocardiography are being considered.
The BOD is also exploring new educational formats. Though only some of you may have noticed the Wall Street Journal article entitled “The Book That Contains All Books” on Oct 17, 2009, I am sure that all you are aware of digital books. In this article, the WSJ compared the development of digital books to the invention of the printing press. Digital books are far less expensive to produce, which is key to a cost-sensitive Society like our own; but more importantly, these digital books can include multimedia to dramatically enhance the educational content. Consider the difference of looking at a still image of an echo vs. a three-dimensional cine loop.
Another new format we are re-exploring is the use of online CME. The new twist here is to use the CME to meet specific credentialing and certification criteria.
Another important SCA project is the development of a cardiovascular anesthesia database in conjunction with the STS database. This database will offer performance improvement and research opportunities. We are nearing completion of this project and a future Newsletter will provide more detail.
Lastly, the SCA is actively building alliances with other international cardiovascular societies. These alliances will facilitate improved exchange of ideas and technology.
As you can see, unlike other organizations, good is not good enough for the SCA. We are constantly looking for ways to offer more quality and value for our membership.
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