Leaving a Legacy
During my last President’s Message, I talked about the lyrics to “Because I’m Happy,” which emphasize the amazing job our volunteer organization is doing in the realm of education. I truly believe that SCA’s educational mission has never been stronger. The outstanding meeting we recently enjoyed in New Orleans is certainly a testament to that belief. Having a strong organization allows one to dream about the future. Your board of directors has been constantly thinking about the future of SCA, our specialty, and you as individual members. As we consider the future, the board is struck by the desire to leave a lasting legacy to you, our members, and our specialty for generations to come. I would like to take the opportunity in this President’s Message to briefly summarize what SCA is doing to Leave a Legacy.
Several years ago, SCA started the process to build a cardiac-anesthesiology–specific module within the STS database (see Anesth Analg. 2014;118:925-932). This massive effort is now complete and many programs nationally are joining the effort to be included. At the annual meeting, more than 100 additional programs, within both private practices and academic insitutions, picked up information during our exhibit time and began the process to be included. This database is critical to our future as a subspecialty within anesthesiology and cardiac surgery. Through our database, future research and quality assurance initiatives will lead to better patient care and reimbursement for services. Have your group join today so that you too will be Leaving a Legacy.
What future questions should we be researching? As a specialty, how should we be best invest our endowment? SCA’s support of the FOCUS project was a multidisciplinary investment into patient safety in the cardiac operating rooms. This effort was only a beginning but helped to define one direction in which our research may progress. Because of SCA’s solid relationship with International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), we will soon see a nearly 50% increase in funds available for our SCA/IARS grants. It is not inconceivable that soon SCA will be able to seed significantly larger and an increased number of research opportunities within our field. We will need to modify our research award process to address bigger questions with larger awards. Through our efforts to support research, we will be Leaving a Legacy.
We have all been on an airplane and had the thought that the world is becoming a much smaller place. SCA—along with our partners in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and across the planet—have been very consistent in the past 10 years to expand the global reach of the International Congress of Cardiovascular Anesthesia (ICCVA). This September, the ICCVA will be held in conjunction with European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists (EACTA) in Florence, Italy. I would encourage everyone to attend. It will be fantastic. Mark your calendars for April 10–15, 2015, as SCA will host the ICCVA in Washington, DC. We are moving to every other year (odd), starting in 2015, to avoid any conflicts with the World Congress of Anesthesia. By improving global education and increasing cardiac anesthesia knowledge within the developing world, we are Leaving a Legacy.
Your society is strong, and we are dreaming big. Please volunteer to participate in committees, attend our meetings, and apply for our research awards. Working together, we can Leave a Legacy.
Scott T. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACC, FASE