A Day of Opportunity Has Dawned
The October SCA Newsletter President’s Message reads, “over the past several years, the SCA Board of Directors has struggled with the rapid growth and maturing of our specialty. As a society, the SCA has embarked on many critical initiatives, including the formation of the SCA Foundation… cardiovascular operating room safety research… and anesthesia modules to the STS database…. Hence, the SCA Board retained the help of a consultant, Leigh Wintz, of Tecker International, to assist in the development of a five-year strategic plan.” Concurrent with the development of our new strategic plan was the need to renegotiate both our management contract and journal affiliation contracts, as both were coming to term.
Your SCA Board saw these two timely negotiations as an opportunity to better align our society’s needs with our strategic plan. A task force, including Drs. Sol Aronson, George Burgess, David Mazer, Linda Shore-Lesserson, Chris Troianos, and me, was created to review proposals submitted by association management companies in response to our request for proposals. Eight management organizations submitted proposals and were narrowed to three. Each company was individually interviewed in person by the task force. Following discussion with the SCA Board and further negotiations, Association Management Center (AMC) of Chicago was chosen. The board is confident that, through our collaboration with AMC, we will enhance membership value. We will do this through additional CME educational offerings, e-learning, further development of safety initiatives, leveraging of our new STS anesthesia database, expansion of our standards and guideline manuscripts, expansion of research opportunities, and collaboration with our international colleagues. Read more about AMC.
The transition to AMC has proceeded seamlessly and the board wants to thank Dana Gibson and Stewart Hinckley of Ruggles for their professionalism through the transition, which concluded on October 31.
Coincident with these activities, our journal affiliation contract was coming to term and negotiations began for renewal. I would like to thank Tony Jones and Tom Cooper from the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) who worked with Sol Aronson and me to create an agreement that satisfies the goals and objectives of each society. SCA and IARS have always recognized the importance of developing junior faculty and young investigators in their research careers. This culminated in our combined efforts to secure a $200,000/year donation from IARS to support SCA research, which will grow as our joint membership category grows. The SCA will also simplify our membership categories as part of this process. In the next several weeks our annual dues renewal will occur. I would encourage us all to renew early and pay particular attention to the benefits of joint membership. Also, reserve the time to attend the SCA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, March 28–April 2, 2014.