SOAP Stats

September 2022

Dear SOAP Members,

Heading into the fall, we have a lot going on as SOAP continues on its path to deliver year-round content. Check out what’s happening below!

Board of Directors STATS

  • The September meeting of the Board of Directors featured lively and in-depth presentations from the Finance Committee and Governance Committee. These functions are key to building and maintaining a strong society.
  • The Board will meet next in conjunction with the ASA annual meeting for a discussion of strategic priorities as well as approval of the 2023 budget.  

Committee STATS

Annual Meeting and Live Events 

  • Virtual Fall Forum: Professional Development Series – November 4-5, 2022. 
    • Registration is now open! This is a new educational opportunity which will focus on professional development. Topics include research, education in hybrid environments, quality improvement, and leadership and CME will be available. The meeting will be virtual, and registrants may also view recordings of the sessions asynchronously via the SOAP Learning Center.  
  • 2023 Annual Meeting – May 3-7, 2023, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans.
    • Plans are underway to feature high-quality and timely topics around the theme, “Building Stronger Care Systems and Teams: Pursuing Personalized Maternal Care.” Save the date!
      • New for the 2023 event is the opportunity to propose a pre-conference workshop topic. Please use the online form developed for this purpose and note the deadline, November 1, 2022.
      • We are excited to announce the selection of Dr. Vernon Ross to present the Fred Hehre Lecture at the 2023 Annual Meeting!


  • The SOAP Centers of Excellence applicant cycle is now open. Through October 3, SOAP is accepting new applications as well as renewal applications from the first group of designees named in 2018. Don’t let your designation expire!


  • Please consider donating to the SOAP Endowment Fund to support opportunities for our members such as the SOAP-FAER Mentor Research and Teaching Grant. This new grant opportunity – $250,000 over two years – will make a significant impact on the career of an emerging researcher. 
  • The SOAP Research Network will hold the inaugural Research Network Symposium in conjunction with the ASA Annual Meeting, October 23, 2022, from 10:15 am – 12:45 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The symposium will be an opportunity for researchers to receive guidance and feedback from experts in the Research Network.
  • The SOAP Research Network is developing a registry for general anesthesia during cesarean delivery. If you are interested, sign up here.


  • The September SIMOM on “Case of Hypotension after Neuraxial Anesthesia” was published on the SOAP website. Visit the website to access this and other excellent simulations, which are published monthly by the Simulations Subcommittee.
  • The September Fellows Webinar on “Simulation in OB Anesthesia” was presented by  Dr. Brad Bavaro. 


  • Nominations for the Gerard W. Ostheimer Lecturer for the 2024 Annual Meeting closed with a slate of superb nominees. The selected lecturer will be announced in October. 

Member Value 

  • The Mentoring Academy Mentor/Mentee Program has launched with 18 pairs of Mentors and Mentees. This new program is off to a terrific start.
  • The fall issue of the SOAP Newsletter will be released soon. Members are encouraged to submit content for future issues. Submissions may be clinical or non-clinical in nature. Share an editorial article, a short story or a poem, or tips from your personal experiences in your practice!
  • SOAP membership renewal for 2023 launched this week. Please renew and continue your affiliation with our global community.


  • The Finance Committee is developing the 2023 budget, with information from committees on their yearly action plans. 
  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $5.1M as of July 31, 2022.

Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA
President, SOAP