Special Interest Groups

New for 2021, SOAP is excited to introduce a new opportunity to network and knowledge share through Special Interest Groups (SIGs). A SIG is an informal community within our organization with a shared interest in a focused area of knowledge. Although we are still in the formulation stage, as they roll out, SOAP SIGs will provide forums to connect people who have similar clinical interests or professional backgrounds in obstetric anesthesiology.

To join a SIG, visit our new SOAP Community

What is the purpose of SOAP SIGs?

SIGs are a new offering to SOAP members with the goal to facilitate inspiring environments and networking opportunities. SIGs will foster organic interactions and allow SIG members sharing a common interest in a specific area to learn from each other, compare clinical practices, and network directly with members who may be experts in that field.

What is the focus of a SOAP SIG?

The focus of a SIG is directed by its members. The focus area should be broad and inclusive enough to allow a community of SOAP members to gather around the topic of interest. There is no expectation of work products, and SIGs are not a replacement for SOAP committees. Currently, the confirmed SIGs include:

  • Fetal Surgery SIG
  • Maternal Health Inequities SIG
  • Maternal Mental Health and Birth Trauma SIG
  • Placenta Accreta SIG
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) SIG
  • Simulation SIG

How would I start a SIG?

Currently we are putting a hold on accepting new SIG proposals as we work with piloting a few initial SIGs. However, if you have an interest in proposing a future SIG, we want to hear from you. Email [email protected]

In the future, new SIGs may be directly proposed by SOAP members. The application includes a short title and description of the area of interest, the name of the SOAP committee that will serve as the SIG’s liaison with the SOAP Board of Directors, and the names of at least five current SOAP members to get things started. The Governance Committee has responsibility to review and make recommendations on SIG applications.

How can I join a SIG?

To join one of the existing SIGs, please click the link below. You will review and agree to abide by guidelines for the new SOAP Community. Once in the community, select the SIG and use the "join" button to sign up. As SIGs are developed, the list will be updated and opportunities will be announced to membership. 

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