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Are You Joining Us in the Big Easy?

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The 36th Annual Meeting & Workshops quickly approaches, and I hope that you are planning to join us in the home of Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest—New Orleans. In addition to the annual meeting, you will have the opportunity to start a day early and attend the 3rd Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium or the inaugural Critical Care Symposium.

This year, we are holding the inaugural Critical Care Symposium, for which Course Director Andrew Shaw, MB, FRCA, FCCM, and Moderator Mauricio Del Rio, MD, have put together an excellent program along with the Society of Thoracic Surgery that explores interesting topics within critical care. The 3rd Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium, led by Peter Slinger and held on Friday, March 28, has become a very popular pre-meeting event. Be sure to sign up now to guarantee your seat!

The Scientific Program Committee—led by Kathryn Glas, MD, MBA, FASE; Andrew Shaw; and Amanda Fox, MD—has been hard at work for the past year crafting an excellent and stimulating scientific program for the annual meeting. The committee has scheduled lectures and panels on a broad number of topics including the aortic valve and aorta, cardiac controversies, esophageal surgery, heart failure and transplantation, cardiac risk assessment, quality metrics, finance, and coagulation management, to name only a few. More intimate small-group sessions are available as well at 24 problem-based learning discussions (with an SCA expert over breakfast) and 8 workshop sessions.

This year’s keynote speaker is fellow anesthesiologist Joanne Conroy, MD, chief healthcare officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Conroy will present “Turbulent Times for Academic Medicine: Evolution of the Clinical Enterprise” on Monday, March 31. She is an excellent speaker and a major advocate for graduate medical education. All our program directors, fellows, and practicing physicians will find her talk enlightening.

On behalf of the SCA Scientific Program Committee, staff, and all the volunteers preparing a rich and exciting program for you in New Orleans, I hope to welcome you to this year’s Annual Meeting and Workshops. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in New Orleans.