SOAP Stats Presidents Message

February 2023

Dear SOAP Members,

February was a busy month for SOAP, featuring SOAP Fundamentals and the deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the 2023 Annual Meeting. We were also pleased with the response to the Call for Proposals for the Research Symposium and the SOAP FAER MRTG deadlines.

As we continue to move toward Spring, do not forget these opportunities:

And sure to take a look below for additional updates!

Board of Directors STATS

  • The 2023-24 nominations have closed, and the Nominating Committee is reviewing the nominees and preparing a slate for consideration by the membership.

  • To date, there are 41 SOAP State Representatives, and we continue to reach out to secure a representative from each state. SOAP State Representatives will provide a key contact in each state to help us reach a broader audience as SOAP strives to meet its mission to provide safe and equitable care for women and newborns everywhere.

Committee STATS

Annual Meeting and Live Events 

  • Annual Meeting (May 3-7, 2023, New Orleans) – Registration will launch next week!
  • The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held May 2-5, 2024, in Denver, Colorado.

 Education Committee

  • Teacher of the Year nominations are being accepted. The deadline is March 1.
  • February simulation module, Case of DIC Secondary to Placental Abruption, was posted to the website and promoted via social media.
  • February’s Fellow's Webinar, Communication and Handoffs on Labor and Delivery: A Culture of Safety, presented by Andye Girnius, MD, was held, and the recording is available to view on Open Anesthesia
  • Infographics on What is Placenta Accreta Spectrum (abnormal placentation)? and What is an External Cephalic Version (ECV)? were posted on the website.

 Governance Committee

  • The application for the Diversity & Inclusivity Mentored Grants is open. Two grants of $5,000 each will be offered. The deadline is April 3, 2023.
  • The Bylaws Subcommittee has notified voting members of SOAP regarding proposed changes to the bylaws.  We are currently in the comment period, which closes on March 9.

Intersociety Committee

  • The Centers of Excellence Subcommittee is finishing reviews of the 2022 COE applicants. We have another strong group of interested applicants and are excited to see the COE program continue to grow. Notifications to the 2022 COE applicants will be distributed in mid-March.

Member Value Committee

  • The inaugural SOAP Fundamentals is now complete. Over 50 attendees viewed the live sessions and asynchronous prerecorded content. Look forward to learning more about the event in the Spring Newsletter.
  • The call for Special Interest Groups is now open, and the deadline to submit your proposal is March 5. Submit now.
  • The Membership Satisfaction Survey was emailed to SOAP Active & Associate members. Please complete the brief survey and share your input on 2022 SOAP offerings.
  • View Winter Newsletter that was published last month.

Research Committee

  • To date, 54 institutions have confirmed their participation in the SOAP General Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery Registry. Dr. Lisa Leffert, primary investigator, and Research Network support team members, explained the project, its goals, requirements, logistics, and opportunities in a recorded webinar. If you are interested, learn more here.
  • The SOAP Research Abstract Subcommittee is hard at work finalizing reviews for abstract submissions. 88 reviewers participated in the review process. Submission notifications will be distributed by early March via email.
  • The second SOAP Research Highlights video was posted to the website. Linden Lee, MD, presented “Postcesarean Analgesia With Epidural Morphine After Epidural 2-Chloroprocaine: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial.” View the video on the Research Highlights webpage
  • The call for proposals for the Research Symposium is now open, and the deadline to submit your proposal is March 1. Submit now!

Finance Committee

  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $4.2M as of December 31, 2022.


Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA
President, SOAP