SOAP Stats Presidents Message

March 2023

Dear SOAP Members,

 March was a busy month for SOAP, featuring, among many other things, the inaugural Journal Club. We were also pleased with the response to the Research Network Symposium Call for Proposals and the Teacher of the Year Award and Diversity & Inclusivity Award nomination deadlines.

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

 And for additional updates, take a look below!

Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA

President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

Board of Directors STATS

  • The Board of Directors Elections & Bylaws Changes are now open for voting. Member Ballot & Candidate Information can be found here.
  • To date, there are 44 SOAP State Representatives, and we continue to work towards securing 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

  • March simulation module, Case of Pulmonary Edema in the setting of Preeclampsia, was posted to the website and promoted via social media.
  • This quarter’s POCUS Case series, was posted to the website.
  • The nomination period for the Teacher of the Year Awards are now closed. Congratulations to the individuals who were nominated by their peers. The Teacher of the Year Subcommittee will review the nominee’s materials and announce the winner at the 2023 SOAP Annual Meeting.

 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 nomination period for the Diversity & Inclusivity Award is now closed. Congratulations to the individuals who were nominated by their peers. The D&I Subcommittee will review the nominee’s materials and announce the winner at the 2023 SOAP Annual Meeting.

Intersociety Committee

  • The Centers of Excellence sent notifications to the 2022 COE applicants with 33 institutions granted recertification of their designation, originally awarded in 2018, and 7 new institutions receiving their initial designation.

Member Value Committee

Research Committee

  • The second SOAP Research Network Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 2023 SOAP Annual Meeting on May 3, from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Three abstract proposals were accepted. Attend this interactive session and join the SOAP network of research experts to provide constructive feedback on rigor, relevance, methodology, ethics, feasibility, and fundability of research ideas and discuss opportunities for potential project collaborators.
  • 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 third SOAP Research Highlights video was posted to the website. Sarah Miller, MD, presented “Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Patients with Placenta Accreta Spectrum.” View the video on the March Research Highlights webpage.
  • There were 381 submissions of research abstracts and case reports accepted for the 2023 SOAP Annual Meeting!       
  • The inaugural Journal Club was held on March 8th. The session was hosted by Dr. Melissa Bauer, SOAP Research Promotion Subcommittee Chair. Dr. Linden Lee presented “Postcesarean Analgesia With Epidural Morphine After Epidural 2-Chloroprocaine: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial.” 36 individuals participated in a lively conversation regarding Dr. Lee’s article, which was also the February Research Highlights. Watch the recording of the journal club here

Finance Committee

  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $4.8M as of January 31, 2023.


Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA
President, SOAP