Behold, all things are made new!
By Emad B. Mossad, MD
Texas Children’s Hospital
The summer season is here, and with it comes refreshing new life, exciting opportunities and the power of change. Even for those like me who are bracing themselves for the sizzling heat and humidity of the South, we all love summer-time!
As you will notice from this newsletter, our board is actively pursuing methods to renew our society, improve the services provided, engage the membership and open the opportunities to be involved.
We had an excellent program for our 9th Annual Meeting at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix in March. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Nina Guzzetta and the Education Committee, we had a strong scientific program, record attendance and a wonderful social event celebrating our 10th anniversary for the society (see the fun-photos inside). The program this year had several “firsts” and, if you missed it, you can read along to get a summary of the meeting inside this newsletter.
And this is just the beginning: we are considering collaborations with other societies for our future meetings and academic activities that we hope will serve our membership in new and exciting ways. Stay tuned!
Our newsletter and our website both have a new face, content and feel. The dynamic work of Mark Twite, Luis Zabala, Scott Walker, Gregory Latham, Vivian Nasr and many others have produced for us an exciting and new approach to connect us together as members of one specialty. I now wait anxiously for the “Question of the Week” and the “Poll of the Month”, as I am sure many of you do. We want you to be involved: send the editors ideas, suggestions and questions that can serve the membership.
Our practices will increasingly be data driven, as it should be. In this newsletter, Dr. Susan Nicolson, a known leader of our field, demonstrates to us the impact that examining outcomes, setting a goal and collaborating across disciplines can make on our practices. I encourage you to attentively read her report as well as Dr. David Vener’s message on database query process. I am confident they will present compelling evidence for those who are already participating in the CCAS database to continue their involvement, and encourage those who are not yet, to get their institution involved.
The practice of congenital cardiac anesthesia is demanding, even sometimes consuming. But, as I am sure you would agree with me, it is very rewarding. The mission of our Society is to bring strength and support to those who are committed to this specialty and to always renew our excitement about what we do.
I wish you an exciting, refreshing new summer!