A Glance Back and a Peek Ahead
The holidays are upon us, the New Year is just around the corner, and our thoughts are turning to reflection. It certainly is supposed to be a joyous time for family and friends alike, and I hope that it is equally so for our extended SCA family. In the coming weeks, some of us will celebrate religious observances, some will merely note the changing season, and others will quietly wish away the current year with the hope that the New Year will bring another chance for us to get it right.
What can we expect to see in the New Year for SCA? January will be a very busy month—including a few important e-mail announcements that I hope will not be missed!
In the education realm, registration for both the annual meeting (San Diego in April) and Echo Week (Atlanta in May) will open in early 2016. Make your reservations early and do not miss these events! On the operations end, many of our committees are seeking new members, fresh ideas, and willing participants. Committee self-nominations for open committee positions will be sought in January—soon you will see the Committee Self-Nomination form on the SCA website. This will be announced in a member email before going live! The first few months of 2016 also will bring electronic voting for new members of the SCA Board of Directors. This particular cycle of elections only pertains to positions on the board, but keep in mind that during odd-year elections, we also will solicit nominations for both the CME Committee and the Nominating Committee.
Research is about creating new knowledge and forms the backbone of our mission, along with education. The ability to investigate, communicate, and disseminate this knowledge is paramount for our members. In 2016, we will see changes to our journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia (A&A). Many of our long-time SCA members may remember when A&A was simply called the “Yellow Journal,” so named because of the color of its simple cover. It was in 1994 that A&A first became the official journal of the SCA under then–Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ron Miller, who had a vision to create “journals within a journal.” At that time, SCA was perhaps the only society affiliated with A&A, but was soon joined by many others as the concept of the “journal within a journal” took hold. Currently, A&A has 10 affiliate societies.
How then can we remain distinct as a subspecialty in a journal that has so many component societies publishing within it? This daunting task was expertly and professionally handled by our editorial staff, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. Associate Editor-in-Chief Dr. Charles Hogue and Associate Editor for Education and Echocardiography Dr. Martin London have toiled for countless hours to maintain the integrity and reputation of the cardiovascular section of A&A. Changes within the journal facilitated by Drs. Hogue and London include, but are not limited to, a journal symposium that comes from content presented at the SCA Annual Meeting, the solicitation of papers from our abstract sessions at the annual meeting, echocardiography rounds, and a new pathway for the publication of guidelines to which SCA has contributed. Dr. Steve Shafer has completed his tenure as the editor-in-chief of the journal, and Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet will assume the role in April. I will dedicate January’s President’s Message to introducing the new cardiovascular editors and catching a glimpse of their respective visions for the next phase of growth for the cardiovascular section of A&A. Happy holidays, and a happy and prosperous 2016 to you all.