The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) intends to recognize institutions and programs that demonstrate excellent obstetric anesthesia care with a Center of Excellence (COE) designation. This webpage outlines criteria to achieve designation as a COE.
Online application process via the SOAP website portal. No on-site visit is required. All awards are on a conditional approval basis; inaccurate reporting is grounds for revocation of the COE designation.
Applications will be accepted annually. The 2018 application period begins Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 12:00PM PDT and concludes Friday, August 31, 2018 at 12:00PM PDT. The certificate will be valid for 4 years, after which time a center must reapply. If applications are rejected, you are welcome to reapply the following year. If applications are provisionally accepted, you have 1 month to provide clarifications and revisions.
A COE committee composed of one chair and four members will be appointed annually by the SOAP Board of Directors. Each application will be reviewed and graded by the COE committee. A majority committee vote will determine whether COE status is granted. Highlighted (with *) criteria are considered as ‘essential’. Applicants must provide evidence that they offer all the ‘essential’ criteria and the majority of the other important criteria, as outlined below. The committee will consider criteria within the context of the care setting (as defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s obstetric care consensus on levels of maternal care; Obstet Gynecol 2015;125:502–15).
Fees will be charged to cover costs related to reviewing and certifying applications. The application fee is $500. If your institution is selected to be a COE, then an additional certification fee of $2000 (initial certification) or $1000 (recertification) is required.
Phone and in-person consultation will be offered to help institutions navigate and attain COE designation. The fee schedule for this consultation service is still to be determined.
The current adhoc COE committee members include: Drs. Brendan Carvalho (Chair), Brian Bateman, Jill Mhyre, Rachel Kacmar and Jeanette Bauchat. Additional members will be added as needed. Select individuals from COE designation centers will be invited to serve on the COE review board (as needed).
There are two options to complete and submit the COE application – a web-based form and a fillable PDF. If you choose to complete and submit the fillable PDF, you will need to email the completed PDF and supporting documents to email@example.com. Those who complete and submit the fillable PDF will also need to call the SOAP office at 414-389-8611 to coordinate payment for the application fee. Your application will not be considered complete until the application fee is received. Those who complete the web-based form will be able to pay by credit card via PayPal following the submission of the application.
If you have any questions, please contact the SOAP office at 414-389-8611 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.