SOAP Stats Presidents Message

January 2023

Dear SOAP Members,

SOAP is starting the year strong with many new programs and opportunities!  

Be sure to submit your abstracts for presentations and posters at the SOAP Annual Meeting (May 3-7, 2023, New Orleans).  The abstract deadline is Monday, February 1, 2023.  Note that you may change and save your data repeatedly prior to submission. Once submitted, abstracts may not be altered.  You may submit multiple abstracts. Each abstract must be submitted separately.  To learn more and submit an application click here

Board of Directors STATS

  • SOAP is now accepting candidates for the 2023-2024 Board of Directors through February 7, 2023. Members must self-nominate. We seek highly qualified and diverse leaders, ensuring the society is welcoming for every member and reflecting our core values of diversity and inclusion. View the Call for Board Nominations to see open positions and for more information.

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

  • The Education Committee launched the quarterly POCUS Case Series and published the first case “Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Pregnancy.” It was posted on the website. Visit the POCUS page to access this and other excellent simulations published monthly by the Simulations Subcommittee.
  • The January simulation module, “Case of Pulmonary Hypertension in a Parturient,” was posted to the website and promoted via social media. Visit the simulations page to access this and other excellent simulations published monthly by the Simulations Subcommittee.
  • The January Fellows Webinar Q&A on was presented by Agnes Lamon, MD and Emily Naoum, MD. Access the list of recorded and upcoming topics on our fellows webinars page. 

 Governance Committee

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. 

Member Value Committee

  • SOAP Fundamentals (January 28 & February 11, 2023) registration is now open! This NEW virtual program, with both live and asynchronous content, focuses on providing obstetric anesthesia training to healthcare team members who have yet to gain extensive training in obstetric anesthesia. For this inaugural offering, we are partnering with organizations in Texas.  Live sessions are recorded. Both CME and CE educational credit are available!
  • Stay tuned for the Winter Newsletter, which will be published later this 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 application period for the SOAP-FAER Mentored Research and Teaching Grant (MRTG) is now open through February 15! This new grant opportunity – $250,000 over two years – will significantly impact the career of an emerging researcher. Please consider donating to the SOAP Endowment Fund to support this opportunity.
  • The SOAP Research Abstract Subcommittee invites individuals interested in reviewing 2023 SOAP abstract submissions to complete a reviewer interest form.
  • The inaugural SOAP Research Highlights video was posted to the website. Bhayani Kodali, MD, presented “Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Pregnant and Post Partum Patients.” View the video on the Research Highlights webpage 

Finance Committee

  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $4.4M as of October 31, 2022.


Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA
President, SOAP