Message from the President

Ruthi Landau, M.D.
2020-2021 President

Dear SOAP member,

As we embark on a new year, I hope you were able to recharge and reflect during the holiday break, and with renewed energy find your 2021 purpose. The SOAP Leadership, Committees and Headquarters staff have news that I am excited to share with you here. 

Increased Communications to Members
As we move through the year, you will be getting frequent and more focused information on key issues, new offerings and opportunities. You will see us reaching out via social media, updates on the website, direct emails and of course, the President’s Message. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any specific requests to be added to the next President’s Message.
 
2021 Annual Meeting – Going Virtual
It is now official – SOAP’s 2021 Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting; nonetheless we will continue to provide the highest level of education and networking opportunities. 

We are pleased to share that SOAP’s Annual Meeting & Live Events Committee is finalizing our 2021 program, and that your input was invaluable – thank you to those who answered our survey last month. We have kept the original dates (May 13-162021) and adapted the sessions to fit with everyone’s busy clinical schedule and preferences. We are keeping a judicious balance between clinical and research tracks and know each of you will find an abundance of sessions to attend for a fulfilling experience. Registration will open in early February.

We are accepting abstracts online until February 152021 – please join us and contribute to this years’ meeting by submitting your abstract(s), whether on your original research or your most compelling case-report(s).  
 
2021 Membership Dues Renewal & New Options
In December, you received an email requesting 2021 dues renewal. 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. Renew your dues by February 28 to enjoy your year-round membership. Log in to the Members Only area and click the “Renew Now.”
 
You can also add a donation to the SOAP Endowment Foundation now, or contribute any time throughout the year. We are grateful to all our donors, as your 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.
 
January 28 Townhall on Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Network with a Purpose
By now, you have heard us talk about the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and are probably sharing our excitement. This is an important opportunity for you to build the connections within SOAP that will serve you most or join a SIG to meet colleagues who share your passions to network with a purpose. Do not miss the January 28 virtual Townhall Meeting at 8:00pm Eastern to learn more about the goals and functions of SIGs. We will be highlighting some SIGs that are being launched, and reviewing the process for creating (or joining) a SIG. The Townhall will be hosted by Ron George and myself, with a number of panelists – from ASRA SIGs and SOAP members – and will allow an interactive platform to have all your questions answered.

Sincerely,
Ruthi

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