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Abstract Deadlines

The abstract submission site for the 32nd Annual Meeting & Workshops will open July 20, 2009 and close September 24, 2009 4 pm Eastern.
Please visit SCA's Events page for details.


Risk-benefit perception of analgesia modalities in thoracotomy decortication for empyema thoracis: A questionnaire on individual practices and beliefs


Clevidipine – A New Drug For Acute Hypertension Management In Cardiac Surgery Patients

Literature Reviews

Acute Kidney Injury is Associated with Increased Long-Term Mortality After Cardiothoracic Surgery

Restrictive Mitral Annuloplasty Cures Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation and Heart Failure

Benefits and Risks of Corticosteroid Prophylaxis in Adult Cardiac Surgery. A Dose-Response Meta-Analysis

Stress doses of hydrocortisone in high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery: Effects on interleukin-6 to interleukin-10 ratio and early outcome

Impact of Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography on Surgical Decisions in 12,566 Patients undergoing Cardiac Surgery

Foundation Update

2009 Research Grants Awarded
Update on FOCUS

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SCA Bulletin June 2009

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foundation updateWhere 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:

  • Continue to support the growth and success of Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation. This Foundation was created and initially funded by the SCA with the idea of driving more in depth research and educational projects in cardiovascular anesthesia.
  • Continue to support FOCUS Research Project and ensure its success. The FOCUS research project is the latest manifestation of the Society’s commitment to patient safety. This ground breaking project is rapidly gathering momentum and is very likely to soon offer real insight into intraoperative communication.
  • Examine our relationship with Industry and become a leader in eliminating potential conflicts. We need to be sure that our professional reputation for objective science and education remains intact.
  • Explore new learning avenues while complying with increased regulatory considerations and reduced resources. New ACCME regulations require a needs assessment in creating programs and outcome measures to demonstrate success. The SCA has been highly compliant in the past and we need to maintain our exemplary evaluation.
  • Utilize new technology to enhance learning with interactive meeting sessions, and online offerings directed at improving practice safety and efficiency. We will explore new formats such as practice surveys combined with expert commentary, and “Wikipedia” entries. 
  • Expand our multispecialty collaboration.  Cardiac Anesthesia is a “team” sport. We work closely with Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, Perfusionists, Nurses, and Intensivists. Currently there are two important multispecialty collaborations underway that we need to complete. First is the integration of anesthesia related data into the STS database. This will facilitate important clinical research. Second we are looking into offering new membership categories to perfusionists to grow the membership base and improve research and educational offerings.

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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