|I hope you all had a great summer! I know we worked hard (thank goodness school has resumed!). I hope you all had some fun and interesting vacations too.
This fall at the ASA, I will be turning over the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (SOA) Chairperson position to the capable hands of Dr Joe Tobias (learn more about our incoming chair below). It has been my honor to serve in this role for the past two years. Our Section members, through the AAP meetings, have the opportunity to interact directly with our colleagues in pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialties, including all of pediatric surgery. The AAP annual meeting, the National Conference & Exhibition (NCE), and the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) attract a broad physician base covering many specialties. These colleagues in pediatrics and pediatric surgery refer their patients to us and entrust their care to us. These meetings allow dialogue and educational opportunities to exchange important information. Few other organizations provide this degree of interaction among so many specialties in one meeting. It gives us the opportunity to educate our colleagues about pediatric anesthesiology. I realize that I am "speaking to the choir," as Section members already realize these benefits of AAP membership. These are the factors that we need to emphasize when recruiting our fellows and partners to become active members of our AAP Section.
The Surgical Advisory Panel (SAP) of the AAP, with Dr Michael Klein as Chair, has been working on revising the AAP's Guidelines for Referral to Pediatric Surgical Specialists; this document is nearing completion and will soon be presented for full AAP endorsement and publication in Pediatrics. Additionally, the Task Force for Children's Surgical Care, an ad hoc group of invited leaders representing surgery and anesthesiology, has completed a document entitled "Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care in the U.S." This group had its start in May 2012 and met again in May 2013 to discuss optimum delivery of pediatric surgical care in today's healthcare environment. Dr Lynn Martin represented the SPA at the 2012 meeting, and he was joined by Drs Connie Houck (AAP) and Jay Deshpande (CHA) at the 2013 meeting. This article was approved by the American College of Surgery Board of Regents in June 2013 and is currently being circulated for comment to surgical organizations as well as the SPA and AAP SOA. This document will be on the agenda for the AAP SOA Board meeting this October.
Best wishes to everyone who will sit for the first ABA certification exam for pediatric anesthesiology on October 19, 2013. Registration for this exam closed on February 15th. All fellows successfully passing the written anesthesiology certifying exam in 2012 were offered oral board exam dates this past April in order to allow them to sit for the certification in pediatric anesthesiology in October.
Members of the Section are continuously involved in updating AAP statements and in authoring new educational materials. Dr Ken Goldschneider and Dr Joe Cravero are currently working on a new AAP statement on "The Pediatrician's Role in the Evaluation and Preparation of Pediatric Patients Undergoing Anesthesia." Dr Joe Tobias is writing a Manual on Procedural Sedation for Infants and Children, which we hope will be published in 2014. Drs Connie Houck and Corrie Anderson are working with the AAP's Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health to revise the AAP's policy statement on "The Assessment and Management of Acute Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents." Dr Courtney Hardy is working with the national AAP on a draft pediatric anesthesiology work force survey, which will be distributed to pediatric anesthesia practices in an effort to gain knowledge about future staffing needs in our specialty; this is part of a larger AAP project to look at staffing needs in all pediatric specialties.
The SPA educational program for October 11, 2013, focuses on care of the neonate and also features a session on pediatric pain. The AAP and SPA will co-sponsor a subspecialty panel at the ASA Meeting, October 12-16, in San Francisco. Please see page 4 for details about that session. The program for the 2014 SPA/AAP Winter Meeting, which will take place March 7-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, is being finalized and has several sessions that have been ABA approved for MOCA Patient Safety requirements. The AAP sponsored events at the 2014 meeting, as in the past, will include the Robert M. Smith Award, the AAP Advocacy Lecture, the John J. Downes Resident Research Award and the Ask the Experts Panel. We are happy to announce that the Robert M. Smith award will be presented to Dr Raafat Hannallah. Please see page 12 of the Section Fall Newsletter for the formal announcement of the 2014 Robert M. Smith Award. The Ask the Experts panel has been modified for two speakers (instead of the previous three) on the topic of Quality Improvement in Anesthesia (it will be one of the MOCA sessions); this presentation will take place after lunch following the Robert M. Smith award presentation. The AAP Advocacy lecture will be given by Dr Barbara Snyder, Chair of the AAP Section on Adolescent Health. The program directors for the annual Winter Meeting spend many hours scheduling lectures, workshops, PBLDs, conference calls, etc., all while being very active clinicians!
I want to thank Jennifer Riefe, Manager for the AAP Section on Ophthalmology and our AAP Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, for keeping our Section organized and on target for slated projects. Her knowledge and organizational skills are priceless. I will continue to enjoy being part of section meetings as Immediate Past Chairperson next year. I cannot begin to name all the people who have helped me navigate the chair(wo)manship over the past few years. Thank you all for your support. I look forward to seeing you at the NCE, ASA, and the Winter SPA/AAP meeting.
Carolyn Bannister, MD
About Our Incoming Section Chairperson -- Dr Joseph Tobias
Dr Tobias is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Kansas City School of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr Tobias completed a residency in pediatrics at the Texas Children's Hospital and the Baylor Affiliated program in Houston, Texas. This was followed by a residency in anesthesiology and fellowships in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Tobias is board certified in pediatrics, anesthesiology, pain medicine and pediatric critical care medicine. Dr Tobias is the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and an attending physician in the Intensive Care Units (Pediatric and Pediatric Cardiothoracic) at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, OH. He is a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the Ohio State University. Nationwide Children's Hospital is a 480 bed free-standing children's hospital. The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine provides anesthetic care for approximately 29,000 patients a year, covering 37 anesthetizing locations a day with a faculty of 38 fellowship trained pediatric anesthesiologists.