Don’t Live for the Dot
Now that April has arrived, many of us have celebrated Easter and Passover. Those of us attending the SCA/ICCVA in Washington, DC, are hopeful we can experience the cherry trees in full blossom and the beginning of spring. All these events serve as a reminder that this time of year is associated with renewal.
During the past 2 years, I had the honor to serve as your SCA president. The time has flown by and has been a period of renewal for the society. SCA has become even more of an international leader in cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology. We continue to navigate the transition to new management with Association Management Center (AMC). Finally, we have changed the every other year cycle of the ICCVA to odd years to eliminate any future conflicts with the World Congress of Anesthesiology.
During the past 12 months, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Adult Cardiac Anesthesia database site participation numbers have more than doubled. This database will allow us as a specialty to address many important questions regarding best practices. If you have not joined please do so. Dr. Feroze Mahmood has led an effort to develop a training consensus statement guideline on perioperative echocardiography. Along with our incoming president, Dr. Linda Shore Lesserson, we have restructured our committees to be more nimble and to allow more membership representation. Finally, we will have before you an amendment to our bylaws to enable electronic voting for all board and executive committee positions.
These changes in SCA may seem subtle on the surface, but they have the potential to be hugely significant. It is my desire for SCA to truly become the international leader in our specialty through our education, guidelines, perioperative ultrasound, STS database, and certification initiatives. As a subspecialty society and as individuals, I would encourage us all not to live for the here and now, “the dot.”
Instead, we should be living for the future, or “the line.”
It is human nature to live for the next event (the dot) such as an upcoming vacation, meeting, or sporting event, etc. It is hard to strategically plan for the future. What do we want SCA to be like in the next 5, 10, or 20 years? How do we plan today to improve the cardiovascular and thoracic health on our planet during that time?
As I close my last president’s message, I would encourage all our members to engage with our society’s leaders to help shape the direction of the our future.
Thank you very much.
Scott T. Reeves, MD MBA