JANUARY 2021

Dear SOAP Members:

Happy New Year!  I am looking forward to 2022 and our plans for new member benefits and offerings. Be sure to renew your membership so you won’t miss out!

BOARD STATS

Board Nominations – Deadline February 7
SOAP is seeking future leaders as candidates for the SOAP Board of Directors. Desirable candidates are engaged, diverse Active members of SOAP, ready for challenging but rewarding opportunities to contribute to our profession through volunteer service. Self-nominations are being accepted through February 7, 2022, for the following positions: Vice President, Treasurer, and Research Committee Chair. Terms will begin July 1, 2022. Learn more on the Call for Nominations web page.

Renew your SOAP Membership
You will want to renew your commitment to SOAP by renewing your 2022 SOAP membership in order to enjoy the multitude of new member benefits. In order to continue to create new member benefits, 2022 membership dues will increase by a modest $10 for Active and Associate members. If you signed up last year for the 3-year renewal term, you do not need to renew, but you can still make donations to the Endowment Fund  and renew your discounted subscriptions. SOAP HQ will reach out to those members. 

#MemberMonday
We want to highlight ALL our members!  Our members are what makes SOAP a strong organization.  Every Monday we have been featuring a member in our #MemberMonday social media posts.  Please complete a Member Highlight form so we can spotlight you on a future #MemberMonday. 

COMMITTEE STATS

Annual Meeting and Live Events

SOAP Annual Meeting 2022, May 11-15 – Chicago, IL
Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare Inequities: How We Can Do Better for our Patients

I am pleased to reassure you that the meeting will take place in-person in Chicago in May.  The SOAP annual meeting is traditionally a time to network, rejuvenate and visit with old and new friends in our community; and I know we are all looking forward to being together again!  May is a perfect time to be in Chicago, and there are a host of outdoor activities and spaces to explore in the city.

As we plan for this educational event, SOAP wants to ensure our members that we are working with our venue and management company to create a safe and educational environment for this meeting.  We recognize the pandemic status is fluid and ever changing. We are continually monitoring state and Federal regulations with regards to in-person events and will keep you informed on the SOAP Website.  

Meeting registration will open in February, but you can make your hotel reservations at the Hilton Chicago Hotel now to take advantage of the SOAP discounted rate.  

  • Webinar on “The Intentional Career Path in OB Anesthesia and Beyond” was held on January 20.  The video can be viewed in the SOAP Learning Center.

Education

Member Value

  • We need your feedback! The 2021 Membership Satisfaction Survey will be sent out in February. Please take 5 minutes to give us your input on the programs and benefits SOAP offered in 2021. Your input is critical as we move forward with plans for 2022.

Research

  • Case reports and research abstracts for the 2022 Annual Meeting, are being accepted January 3 - February 7.  To learn more about the process view the details on the SOAP website. 

       

Sincerely, 
Ted
Ted Yaghmour, MD
2021-22 SOAP President