The abstract submission site for the 32nd Annual Meeting & Workshops will open July 20, 2009 and close September 24, 2009 4 pm Eastern.
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Where are we going?
I would like to begin my presidency by thanking the Society and its members for showing its trust in me and for giving me this opportunity to serve. Though the SCA is only 32 years old, it can claim a very impressive list of accomplishments. The SCA fostered the development of cardiac anesthesia and enhanced subspecialty recognition. Now the subspecialty occupies its own unique position as the most respected and pursued subspecialty of Anesthesiology. The SCA has also been a fertile ground for development of clinical and academic leadership. Many of the SCA members and a very high percentage of the Past Presidents serve or have served as Chairs and Deans of leading Institutions. The Society played a key role in the adoption and education of intraoperative echocardiography. Clinical TEE studies were first presented at the 1985 Annual Meeting. Shortly thereafter, TEE workshops began, and then the Comprehensive TEE Review Course was organized. Now, based on the TEE Competency Exam written in 1995, there is certification in Perioperative Echocardiography granted by the National Board of Echocardiography. These activities were critical in providing the basis for the acceptance and credentialing of Anesthesiologists to perform intraoperative echocardiography. The SCA has also forged strong relationships and facilitated productive multispecialty collaboration. These collaborations have led to the creation of Practice Guidelines, the Intraoperative Echo Council, and the multispecialty CardioPulmonary Bypass meeting held every winter. Recently the Society was successful in getting Cardiac Anesthesia recognized as an accredited Fellowship. Currently 43 programs now offer an accredited Fellowship.
The past twelve months have been a very tumultuous period. The Society, like all of us, is facing many challenges. But challenge means opportunity and challenge often provides the impetus for transformation. Despite the economic downturn, the Society is fiscally sound and prepared to serve its mission:
The SCA, an international organization of physicians, promotes excellence in patient care through education and research in perioperative care for patients undergoing cardiothoracic and vascular procedures.
This mission can best be served by adherence to the core values of patient safety, professionalism, teamwork, and continual self improvement. In the next two years as President, I see the following key priorities for the Society:
So in summary, we have done it before. Things may be hard now, but we will continue to add value to the profession and the membership.
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