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Welcome to SOAP!

Celebrating Over 150 Years of Obstetric Anesthesia

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) was founded in 1968 to provide a forum for discussion of problems unique to the peripartum period. SOAP is comprised of anesthesiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, and basic scientists who share an interest in the care of the pregnant patient and the newborn.

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A membership in SOAP is an opportunity to meet people who share your interests, and to stimulate improvements in health care for pregnant patients.

Benefits of SOAP Membership

  • Learn new skills, techniques, and methods of safe care
  • Access the SOAP directory of members, previous meeting files, newsletters, and supplements
  • Access American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology documents
  • Reduced subscription rates to Obstetric Anesthesia Digest
  • Subscription to IJOA included with membership
  • Reduced registration fees for SOAP sponsored meetings
  • Meet others in OB anesthesia practice for advice and counsel

Upcoming Meetings

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May 13-17, 2015
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO

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March 11-15, 2015
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, California

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship was approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2011. At Anesthesiology 2011 in Chicago an informal meeting of Obstetric Anesthesiology Program Directors and other interested parties was held in order to review the process for applying for, and receiving ACGME accreditatio n for fellowship programs. The following PowerPoint presentations were made and discussed by those in attendance.

- Agenda
- Update on ACGME Accreditation and Program Requirements
- What it Means to be a Program Director
- OB Fellowship Program Requirement Overview
- Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Companion Document

Open Anesthesia lecture series for fellows

September 2014: Allison Lee, M.D. - Use of Ultrasound in Obstetric Anesthesia

SOAP Fellow Blog

A SOAP fellow blog has been created as a means for Fellowship Program Directors to share thoughts and ideas as the initial Program Information Forms (PIFs) are submitted to the ACGME.

Please contact Dr. Michael Froelich at if you would like to be added to the blog.





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Anesthesia & Analgesia, The Official Journal of SOAP
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President’s Welcome Letter

  Welcome to the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, a group of like-minded individuals who share the common goal of advancing the care of the pregnant patient and neonate.  Members consist of anesthesiologists, anesthetists, obstetricians, and neonatologists.  The society sponsors two meetings, the Annual Meeting which is held during the late spring with the goal to meet to share research interests and clinical updates, and the Sol Shnider meeting which is always held in March with the goal to provide the most up to date information for the practicing clinician. 

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Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.
SOAP President