Welcome to the Future
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
I pray we all are slowing down and having an opportunity to experience the wonder of the holiday season with family and friends. Soon we will be moving into a brand new year, rich with opportunities. What does the new year have in store for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA)?
Several recent events have really got me thinking about how fast our world is changing. The first was my son Townsend completing his first semester as a freshman at Clemson University. He is majoring in chemical engineering and is learning knowledge that did not exist when I was his age. I remember being a senior at Clemson and using the first personal computer available from RadioShack. He has a laptop that has more power than a mainframe computer did in 1983.
The second event was when I recently listened to a song by country singer Brad Paisley, “Welcome to the Future,” on my iPod:
When I was 10 years old
I remember thinkin’ how cool it would be
When we were goin’ on an 8-hour drive
And I could just watch TV
And I’d have given anything
To have my own Pac-Man game at home
I used to have to get a ride down to the arcade
Now I’ve got it on my phone
Hey, glory, glory, hallelujah
Welcome to the future
The pace at which change is coming to our lives and profession is frequently a source of anxiety and concern. As exemplified in our new strategic plan, your SCA Board of Directors has embraced the rapid change that is occurring in education and technology. In the months ahead, SCA—along with our new management company, Association Management Center—will be leveraging technology to improve our membership’s educational experience. I would encourage all of you to join me at the 36th Annual Meeting and Workshops in New Orleans from March 29–April 2. Better yet, make plans to come in a day early to attend the 3rd Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium or the 2014 Critical Care Symposium.
We must all develop a culture that recognizes and fosters innovation. What better way to start than to come together at our preconference symposiums, annual meeting, and workshops.
“Glory, glory, hallelujah. Welcome to the future.” See you in New Orleans.