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SOAP Presents: The SOAP 46th Annual Meeting

 Jointly sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

The 2014 SOAP 46th Annual Meeting May 14-18, 2014

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dear Colleagues and Accompanying Guests,

Welcome to Toronto and to the 46th SOAP Annual Meeting. As two members who have attended numerous annual meetings, we promise to provide you with the sessions you have come to expect and to love, while trying some new ones to hopefully pique your interest.

The meeting will be held in an exciting city with plenty of things to do. Toronto is the most populated city in Canada and is the capital of the province of Ontario. It is home to the famous CN Tower and the Casa Loma. While it is also home to the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors, the main sport is hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In order to insure that you get a true flavor of hockey, the opening reception will take place at the Hockey Hall of Fame, where you will learn everything you wanted about hockey while getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Stanley Cup. The city is renowned as one of the most multicultural in the world and offers many different cuisines; you will be able to taste any type you desire within a short walk of the hotel. Please attend the complimentary early morning yoga sessions at the hotel, as you may find this an activity that will energize you to fully experience your day. The farewell banquet will be at the hotel and will offer the opportunity to relax and share some memories with colleagues. The hotel is centrally located and complimentary WiFi will be available in your room. Toronto is an easy city to explore and the best way to do it is walking and using public transportation or short cab rides. You will be steps away from plenty of shops and attractions (including the recently open aquarium just across from the CN Tower).

The pre-meeting activities will feature must-attend workshops. They are meant to address your practical needs. If you want to improve the education of your residents, nurses, or colleagues, the education workshop is definitely a must. It will prepare you for small group teaching as well as for that presentation for a larger audience. Given the popularity of the ultrasound workshops presented in previous years, we will continue to offer the comprehensive workshop on the use of ultrasound for obstetric anesthesia, as well as the one on transthoracic echocardiography. Finally, for those involved in MOCA®, one workshop will have you examine your practice concerning epidural analgesia for labor. By participating and by doing the required follow-up, you will be able to earn MOCA® Part IV credits: Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement.

The meeting will start with the Gertie Marx Competition, a tradition in which the future leaders in obstetric anesthesia have the opportunity to present their research. This session is judged with prizes awarded. Speaking of fellows, the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship has recently been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This achievement represents the hard work and dedication of Alan Santos, who will be receiving the distinguished service award. Eleni Tsigas, the executive director for the Preeclampsia Foundation, one of the largest patient-run advocacy groups and with representation in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, will be presenting. She will discuss what patients with preeclampsia wished their anesthesia providers knew. There will be multiple sessions presenting cutting edge research in obstetric anesthesia and perinatology, with oral presentations and poster reviews. There will also be a session discussing big data, which will help those interested in understanding and/or getting started in this type of research.

The first SOAP American Idol will occur. Junior faculty members will present on current topics in obstetric anesthesia and the membership will elect their favorite lecturer. The winner will be invited to present at the Sol Shnider meeting. Furthermore, there will be two patient safety panels that will provide very useful and practical information. For those involved in MOCA®, these panels will offer patient safety credits. The featured speaker for What’s New in Obstetrics will be Dr. John Kingdom, a world leader in the management of women with preeclampsia. Last but not least, we will bring back the What’s New in Neonatology to update us on the post-delivery management of the hypoxic neonate.

We are committed to offering you a meeting that provides outstanding learning in an atmosphere of great collegiality. The distinguishing feature of SOAP from other meetings is the people. Take the time to meet your colleagues and make new friends. Do not hesitate to contact either of us with questions, concerns and suggestions before or during the meeting. We want to make sure you leave Toronto thinking that this SOAP meeting was the best one to date!

Looking forwarding to seeing you all in Toronto,

Yours truly,

Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.
Scientific Chair
2014 SOAP Annual Meeting
  Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC
Meeting Host
2014 SOAP Annual Meeting


Toronto’s climate is mild. The average temperature in Toronto for the month of May is 62°F (17°C) .

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Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Niagara Falls Day Tour
Cost: $115.00 per person
Age Limit: Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Includes: Round trip transportation, full Niagara Falls tour, visit to Niagara on the Lake, Hornblower Cruise ride, buffet lunch.

Attire: Casual, comfortable walking shoes.

Your trip to Toronto would not be complete without a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a full day tour down to the Niagara Falls and area. Your trip will begin directly at your hotel front door where your deluxe 56 passenger coach/driver and private tour guide will escort you for the full day. Your trip will include, weather permitting, a boat ride on the amazing Hornblower cruise (was the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat). There will be some free time to do a little souvenir shopping before a delicious buffet lunch overlooking the Falls. As the coach heads back to Toronto, you will pass through the picturesque 19th-century town of Niagara- on-the-Lake where craft stores and specialty shops can be
found on every corner. Your camera is a must.

Excursion Details

8:45 a.m. Assemble in the Lobby
9:00 a.m. Depart Hotel

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration Hours
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Teaching Obstetric Anesthesia in 2014 Workshop
Course Directors: William R. Camann, M.D.; Regina Y. Fragneto, M.D.; Richard C. Month, M.D.; Manuel C. Vallejo, Jr., M.D., D.M.D
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m The Use of Ultrasound in Obstetric Anesthesia: Vascular Access, Neuraxial Anesthesia, TAP Block and Gastric Assessment Workshop
Course Director: Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Use of the Transthoracic Echocardiogram in the Management of the High Risk Parturient Workshop
Course Directors: Brendan Carvalho, M.B.B.Ch., FRCA, M.D.C.H.; John T. Sullivan, M.D., M.B.A.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Management of the Failed Epidural Workshop
Course Directors: Regina Y. Fragneto, M.D.; Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.; Vernon H. Ross, M.D.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Hours
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Yoga Class (Optional)
6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Poster Viewing - Exhibits Open
7:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Welcome to the 46th Annual Meeting
Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC; Robert R. Gaiser, M.D., Barbara M. Scavone, M.D.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Gertie Marx Research Competition
Moderator: Gerard M. Bassell, M.D.
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: Alan C. Santos, M.D., M.P.H.
Presenter: David J. Wlody, M.D.
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break, Exhibits & Poster Viewing
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Special Lecture - Preeclampsia: What Patients Want You to Know
Introduction: Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.
Speaker: Eleni Tsigas
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Research Hour of Power

• Introduction to Big Data for Use in OB Research Including Methodological Considerations
Speaker: Brian T. Bateman, M.D., M.Sc.

• What Big Data has Taught Us About Postpartum Hemorrhage
Speaker: Alexander Butwick, M.D.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. SOAP Business Meeting & Elections
Boxed lunch will be provided.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Oral Presentation 1
Moderator: Stephanie R. Goodman, M.D.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Poster Session 1
Moderator: Yehuda Ginosar, B.Sc., M.B., B.S.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break, Exhibits & Poster Viewing
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Obstetric Anesthesia American Idol
Host: Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.
Judges: Joy L. Hawkins, M.D.; Kenneth E. Nelson, M.D.; Scott Segal, M.D.
Friday, May 16, 2014
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration Hours
6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Poster Viewing - Exhibits Open
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Best Paper Session
Moderator: Paloma Toledo, M.D., M.P.H.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Caring for Our Own: Focusing on the Care Provider to Optimize Safety for Our Patients
• Teaching Effective Communication on Labor & Delivery

Speaker: May C.M. Pian-Smith, M.D., M.S.

• The Second Victim
Speaker: Stephen Pratt, M.D.

• Motivating the Rat: Managing the Disruptive Co-Worker
Speaker: Lawrence C. Tsen, M.D.

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break, Exhibits and Poster Viewing
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. What’s New in Obstetrics?
Pathogenesis, Prevention & Management of Severe Preeclampsia

Introduction: Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC
Speaker: John Kingdom, M.D.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Poster Session 2
Moderator: Richard C. Month, M.D.
1:15 p.m. Open Afternoon
Poster Viewing
Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Hours
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Yoga Class (Optional)
6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Poster Viewing
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Oral Presentation 2
Moderator: Klaus Kjaer, M.D.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Fred Hehre Lecture
Introduction: Barbara M. Scavone, M.D.
Speaker: David J. Wlody, M.D.
10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Coffee Break & Poster Viewing
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Gerard W. Ostheimer Lecture: What’s New in OB Anesthesia?
Introduction: Arvind Palanisamy, M.D., FRCA
Speaker: Lisa R. Leffert, M.D.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch On Your Own & Poster Viewing
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Host’s Panel – Getting New Moms Ready to Rock in the Post-Partum: Obstetric Anesthesia Beyond Labor and Delivery
Moderator: Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC

• Quality of Recovery in the Postpartum
Speaker: Jose C.A. Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., FANZCA, FRCPC

• Hemoglobin Issues
Speaker: Robin Russell, M.D.

• Mood Issues
Speaker: Beverly Young, M.D., FRCPC

• Infection Issues
Speaker: Allison McGeer, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Poster Session 3
Moderator: Michaela K. Farber, M.D., M.S.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break & Poster Viewing
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Gertie Marx Recipients 
2012 Recipient
- Mrinalini Balki, M.B., B.S., M.D.,
2013 Recipient
- Terrence K. Allen, M.B., B.S.
3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pro-Con Debate: Remifentanil Should Be Routinely Offered for Labor Analgesia
Moderator: McCallum R. Hoyt, M.D., M.B.A.
- Pro: David Bogod, M.B., B.S., FRCA, LLM
- Con: Mark I. Zakowski, M.D.
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m  SOAP Banquet at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Sunday, May 18, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration Hours
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Panels

Legends Remembered
Speakers: Gerard M. Bassell, M.D.; Brenda A. Bucklin, M.D.; Patricia A. Dailey, M.D.; Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.; Richard M. Smiley, M.D., Ph.D.; Lawrence C. Tsen, M.D.

Publication in Obstetric Anesthesia
Speakers: Pamela Flood, M.D.; Robin Russell, M.D.; Cynthia A. Wong, M.D.

A Career in Obstetric Anesthesia
Speakers: Craig Palmer, M.D., Senior Career Member Perspective; Edward A. Yaghmour, M.D., Mid Career Member
Perspective; Paloma Toledo, M.D., M.P.H., Junior Career Member Perspective

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Practical Suggestions for Improving Safety in Your Unit

Safety Rounds Beyond Board Sign Out
Speaker: Yaakov Beilin, M.D.

Team Training: Emergency Manuals Implementation, Crisis Simulation & Critical Event Debriefing
Speaker: David L. Hepner, M.D., M.P.H.

Equipment Rounds: Ways to Be Sure the Suction Works When You Need It
Speaker: Edward McGonigal, M.D.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. What’s New in Neonatology?
Avoiding Hypothermia/Hyperthermia in the Delivery Room in the Newly Born Infant has Significant Beneficial Downstream Consequences

Introduction: Klaus Kjaer, M.D.
Speaker: Jeff Perlman, M.B., Ch. B.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Best Case Reports Review
Moderator: Manuel C. Vallejo, Jr., M.D., D.M.D.


SOAP appreciates the support of its exhibitors. Please meet with the exhibitors during the times listed below.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30 - 7:15 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
Friday, May 16, 2014
6:30-7:45 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:30-11:15 a.m. Break with Exhibitors

Information About Traveling to Canada

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VISA Information

Submission of Applications:
Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that participants visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa application for information on how to submit an application for a TRV and the documentation required to support the application.  To view a list of visa offices and the countries they serve please go to  

Visa Application Centres (VACs):
In some countries Citizenship and Immigration Canada has engaged the services of a private service provider to assist individuals applying for CIC services.   Visa Application Centres (VACs) agents are available to help applicants fill out their forms and answer questions about the application process.  They ensure applications are complete, which reduces the rate of returned applications and ultimately leads to faster processing.  This low-cost service lessens the potential for people to fall victim of fraud.   The VAC sends applications to Visa offices and transmits decisions to applicants in a confidential manner.    VACs play no role in the decision-making process.  The use of VAC services is completely optional. Applicants can continue to apply directly to the visa office if they prefer.   Participants should be encouraged to submit their visa applications through a VAC if this service is available in their country of residence.  They should be invited to check their visa office website ( for information on the services available at the VAC serving their area and the costs.  

Visa Applications Processing Times:
Processing time for TRVs vary depending on the office and the time of the year.  Participants should be encouraged to apply early for their visa, if one is required, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents.  Summer is normally the busiest time.   For your information, general processing times at the various visa offices are available at the following link  For more accurate processing times, applicants should consult the website for the visa office responsible for processing their application.

Guest Room Reservations

A room block for those attending the SOAP Annual Meeting has been coordinated with the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9 Canada.  Please see below for room rates:

$235.00 CAD Traditional Guestroom Single/ $235.00 CAD Traditional Guestroom Double

To coordinate your hotel reservation, please contact Sheraton Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and advise the reservations specialist that you are with the SOAP Annual Meeting.  The cut-off date for reservations under the SOAP Room Block is Saturday, April 21, 2014.   Be sure to reserve your room early!

Reserve your room now!

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