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Now Accepting 2017 SOAP Young Investigator Grant Applications


2016 SOAP Annual Meeting - Recap

The 2016 SOAP Clinical Updates in Obstetric Anesthesia
The 2016 SOAP Clinical Updates in Obstetric Anesthesia

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2016 Annual Meeting Slideshow

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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

*Anesthesia & Analgesia is the Official Journal of SOAP. In addition, SOAP is affiliated with IJOA with free electronic access for SOAP members.

Upcoming Meetings

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Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, D.C.
November 4-6, 2016

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March 2-5, 2017
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, CA

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May 10-14, 2017
Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington

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Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

A listing of available fellowships can be found in the clinician education section.

SOAP is pleased to announce the first NRMP Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Match!

More information about the match can be found on the Anesthesiology Match website under Obstetric Anesthesiology.

Open Anesthesia Lecture Series for Fellows

Click here for past lectures.

Upcoming Lectures:

November 9, 2016: Kathleen Smith, M.D., University of North Carolina - Pre-Eclampsia

December 14, 2016: Yehuda Ginosar, B.Sc., M.B., B.S. Washingotn University of St. Louis - Fetus 1: Uteroplacental Perfusion, fetal circulation and the response of the fetus to asphyxia

Why Obstetric Anesthesiology is the Next Frontier in Medicine

Cesar Padilla, MD
SOAP Resident Component President
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Council on Patient Safety in Women's Healthcare

Formed in late 2011, the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care brings partner and subspecialty organizations in Women’s Health Care together with representative industry organizations with the central goal of improving health care for all women.

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SOAP Presidential Message

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) is a North American based physician subspecialty organization committed to the delivery of safe and effective delivery of pain relief during childbirth, and optimal outcomes for pregnant women and newborns.

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John T. Sullivan, M.D., M.B.A.
SOAP President