Spring is upon us, and you know what that means: SCA education is in full bloom. Throughout the year, SCA education leaders are planting, sowing, tilling, and sometimes even uprooting and replanting, so that our spring meeting season can be a productive and fulfilling experience for all our members and guests. This year is no exception as we incorporate new and requested content and delivery into our offerings. During the next few months, we will host the SCA 38th Annual Meeting and the 5th Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium in San Diego, followed shortly by our 19th Annual Echo Week conference in Atlanta. Here are a few of the many reasons you should attend in person or at least access the education electronically with Learner’s Digest.
SCA is paving the way for advances in perioperative ultrasound education. At the Annual Meeting there are numerous opportunities for hands-on and didactic learning via traditional Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) workshops, structural heart disease workshops, review courses especially geared for fellows, and transthoracic echocardiography teaching. Increasingly, transthoracic echocardiography is used at the point-of-care in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), operating room (OR), intensive care unit (ICU), and presurgical testing suite, and SCA is committed to providing this critical educational piece in our programs. For those of you interested in a week-long immersion in echocardiography, register for the Echo Week conference in May which is capped with the inaugural joint American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)-SCA single-day symposium on Interventional Echocardiography and Decision Making in Structural Heart Disease. SCA leader Dr. Burkhard Mackensen and ASE leader Dr. Sunil Mankad will co-chair this new and innovative meeting.
The current Annual Meeting also boasts the largest number of scientific abstract presentations. Visit your colleagues’ posters and presentations to discover popular investigation topics in our research divisions. Networking and friendship building are always easy at the SCA Annual Meeting and San Diego, CA, is a prime location.
What will SCA leadership be doing in the off-season? July marks our review by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Our new committees and members will begin work on upcoming and ongoing projects. In addition to planting and sowing the seeds of next year’s meetings, we are embarking on novel projects over the summer. SCA is rebuilding our website. We expect that with a new face, easy navigation, key links, and important data searches, SCA’s new website will become a huge asset for our members. We anticipate next year’s educational and professional crop will be harvested from our new website. As the late and incredibly talented actor Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ’Let’s party!’"