||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. SOAP was founded in 1968 and has grown steadily over five decades with a current active membership of approximately 1000 professionals. SOAP is primarily comprised of anesthesiologists, but encourages membership from obstetricians, neonatologists, basic scientists and other allied health professionals interested in maternal and newborn outcomes.
SOAP’s principal activity is the spring annual meeting which serves as one of the world’s premier venues for presenting obstetric anesthesia research. This four day meeting combines presentations of high quality research with educational didactic programs and workshops addressing contemporary clinical topics. Additional SOAP refresher courses in obstetric anesthesia presented throughout the year include the Sol Shnider Meeting held in March in San Francisco, and the SOAP Clinical Update in Washington D.C. in November.
SOAP is not only committed to serving as a venue for presenting research but is also a source for research funding. Due to the generosity of an iconic leader in our field, Gertie Marx, SOAP, in conjunction with the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), provides annual grants to qualified applicants for scholarly endeavors in research, education and international outreach. (Grants/Awards link) I encourage you to contribute to the SOAP Endowment Fund to further build our organization’s capacity for discovery and service.
I consider my participation in SOAP to be the most meaningful and gratifying part of my professional career. I believe this organization has made significant contributions to advancements in women’s health and education of clinicians caring for obstetric patients. I think you will find our community filled with extraordinarily talented and committed individuals who you will value having in your professional network. I encourage you to join SOAP and participate in our important mission.
John T. Sullivan, M.D., M.B.A.