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History Revisited and New Beginnings
This month the SCA will hold its Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The SCA visited the Crescent City in 1979 and 1988. To put this in perspective, our last visit was only two years after the New York Mets last won the World Series. In the nearly 25 years hence many things have changed in New Orleans. I need not recount the horrors of 2005, but since then New Orleans has undergone a tremendous rebirth. Scott Cowen, President of Tulane, in a letter to the Tulane Community very aptly described the recent events.
“There are certain moments in life that are transcendent and transformative and are too wonderful for words. Sunday’s Super Bowl victory was such a moment. It was a victory that went far beyond football, highlights, statistics or trophies. This world championship, coupled with the election of a new mayor by an overwhelming majority, is about the progress and future of our beloved city. This was a moment for all New Orleanians. The way this city and this team, our team, have embraced one another is unique in all the world."
From what I understand from my inside sources, the celebration was amazing and continued right through Fat Tuesday. Now the city is poised to celebrate again. Our meeting will overlap with the first weekend of Jazz Fest (http://www.nojazzfest.com/). Jazz Fest is a rare opportunity to hear many great performers, both local and national, in a relaxing setting while enjoying the famous New Orleans cuisine.
The program of the Annual Meeting is as enticing as the city. In our effort to create a richer educational program, the Program Committee selected a host of great Faculty to lead many varied session formats: Refresher Courses, PBLD, Workshops, Fireside Chats, and Challenging Case discussions. In addition, some of the sessions will be interactive with the use of the audience response system. We are also looking forward to hearing from our Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Roizen, speak on perioperative care. This is truly a city and a meeting you do not want to miss.
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