Welcome to the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP)! We are the largest organization of obstetric anesthesiologists, obstetricians, neonatologists and other obstetric anesthesia-related health care professionals in North America. SOAP is dedicated to maternal and neonatal safety and quality of healthcare. Our members are equally devoted to welcoming, encouraging, and fostering the careers of obstetric anesthesiologists and others related to the field.
We just returned from our Annual Meeting in San Juan Puerto Rico where Vilma Ortiz did an wonderful job as our meeting host. As always the SOAP meeting conveyed a feeling of warmth and a sense of family as we all caught up with each otherís lives. We learned a lot from the outstanding mix of lectures, lively debates, clinical fora, and panel discussions. We were happy to welcome a record number of trainees to our annual Residentsí Forum. And the science just couldnít be beat: Over 200 research and case report abstracts! I hope you will consider joining us at our 46th Annual Meeting in Toronto May 14-18, 2014.
SOAP also runs the highly acclaimed Sol Shnider Obstetric Anesthesia meeting in San Francisco each spring. We collaborate with many of our colleagues at Stanford and the University of California San Francisco to offer a wide array of hands-on workshops and refresher course style lectures. Put it on your calendar: March 6-9, 2014.
SOAP works closely with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine to promote womenís health. We have an official journal affiliation with Anesthesia & Analgesia and are an affiliate of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, and are thus able to offer subscriptions to these journals to our members at a discounted rate. SOAP offers its members numerous awards and grants, access to expert opinions, and supports both clinician and patient education. We are especially proud of our international outreach endeavors which contribute to efforts to decrease worldwide maternal mortality, promote woman and infant well-being, and prevent harm.
I personally owe SOAP much for its nurturing of my interest in obstetric anesthesia. I respect its members and its mission, and am honored and humbled to be beginning my role as president of the Society.
Join the SOAP family!
Barbara M. Scavone, MD