Message from the President

Ruthi Landau, M.D.
2020-2021 President

Dear SOAP members,

Hoping you have found the time to renew your membership and are enjoying the new website, please find here our latest updates:

#SOAPAM2021 - SOAP’s 53rd Annual Meeting
May 13-16, 2021
February – Online registration will open
While we would love to gather in person, the virtual platform will give us the opportunity to interact in new exciting ways during educational sessions and lectures, with our sponsors and vendors and with each other via chats, Q&A sessions, virtual lounges. With a schedule that took into account your preferences we are delighted to announce that the program will soon be available.

• To help accommodate your busy work schedules, we will be offering a full and half-registration options.
• Be sure to check the “Meeting at a Glance” to see when your favorite sessions are scheduled (e.g. for your maximum convenience, the “Gerard W. Ostheimer Lecture: What’s New in Obstetric Anesthesia” presented by Dr. Grace Lim, is scheduled on Saturday May 15, 2021).

February 15 – Extended deadline for abstracts submission: please continue to submit your abstracts online and contribute to this years’ meeting with your original research or your most compelling case-report(s).The research competitions (Gertie Marx Research Competition, Best Clinical and Basic Science Paper) will be a highlight of this meeting, as in past years.

February 25 – Townhall on Diversity and Inclusion
In our commitment to have SOAP be an inclusive and welcoming society to all its members, we have developed a statement on Diversity & Inclusion. This statement and our commitment to its fulfillment will be discussed in the February townhall. Please be sure to mark your calendar for this event and register.

2021 Membership Dues Renewal & New Options
Renew your dues before March 1 to enjoy your year-round membership.
We do not want you to miss out on SOAPs 12-months year-round experience and benefits, and encourage you to renew now. The new website platform makes it easier than ever to renew your dues and allows you the convenience of no-hassle auto-renewals or a 3-year discounted renewal. Login into the Members Only area and clicking the “Renew Now”

You can also add a donation to the SOAP Endowment Foundation while renewing or contribute any time throughout the year. We are grateful to all our generous donors, who are acknowledged on our Donor Wall. These contributions allow us to advance the safety and comfort of pregnant women and their babies throughout the world, via research grants and education endeavors. To learn more about this important work visit the website.

March 1 - Apply for the Young Investigator Grant
SOAP believes that supporting young investigators in obstetric anesthesia helps to develop new leaders in research. To this end, the Society established a grant to allow individuals in the early stages of an academic career to obtain funding for a research project. This award is limited to $10,000 USD for one year, and is not renewable. To learn more visit the SOAP website.

March 9 – Townhall on Large-Scale Grants by FAER and ARMA
This town hall is open to all interested. The content will prove of particular value to mid-career anesthesiology faculty members interested in large-scale grants. Large-scale grants provide a unique opportunity to pursue challenging scientific questions that often require collaboration across disciplines. Learn about the various large-scale grant mechanisms available (NIH U- and P-series mechanisms); the features and value of these large-scale grant mechanisms; whether large-scale grants are right for you. Learn more and register on the SOAP website.

April 2 - Apply for Kybele International Outreach Grant
The goal of this program is to provide funding needed to get involved with international outreach projects and encourage research in collaboration with host countries to enhance practice of obstetric anesthesia. To learn more visit the SOAP website.


Ruthi Landau, MD
President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia & Perinatology (SOAP)