Every day brings new things it seems, some unwelcome, but hopefully more that are rewarding and gratifying. In this missive I would like to provide a positive focus by highlighting upcoming SPS events.
The Society for Pediatric Sedation is excited to provide the first ever virtual conference exclusively dedicated to pediatric sedation. Providing an environment to draw our close-knit international community even closer galvanized our conference program chair Jaimee Holbrook and education committee chair Mary Landrigan-Ossar to curate a terrific conference program. Featuring experts regarding the impact of COVID-19 on health care to include Dr Paul Offit, Deborah Faulk and Katherine Slain. I encourage you to take a look and register soon.
Discovering innovative educational initiatives such as incorporating virtual simulation into our popular Provider Course and sedation conferences is keeping Drs. Corrie Chumpitazi, Anna Lin and Kamal Abulebda busy. If you are interested in medical education and simulation please reach out to any of these committee chairs at PCInfo@pedsedation.org.
Whether you are part of a team in private practice or at a large academic center, striving for excellence in care whilst meeting the needs of our vulnerable young patients remains our goal. The SPS Center of Excellence applications are once again available and Drs. Cheri Landers and Amber Rogers can provide assistance during that process. For those of you interested in Maintenance of Certification projects related to sedation we are thrilled to announce a new benefit to our members thanks to Dr. Sue Kost and we encourage you to visit our website for more information.
As committee co-chairs, Lorie Reilly and Laura Mitchell are collating contact information for educational and research opportunities for our nursing and allied health members. To learn more and contact them, go to the Nursing section on our website.
The Society is proud of the newly updated PSRC database thanks to Drs. Dan Tsze, Joe Cravero and the PSRC Research Committee. Focused on proactive responses to sedation events, this will provide new opportunities for prospective study of procedural sedation in children. Dan is excited about this next phase and welcomes any interested queries regarding how to become an SPS institutional member to take advantage of the database or submit research proposals. Check out the new PSRC Resources web page.
My ICU colleague and President-Elect Dr. Pradip Kamat continues his focus on building relationships, supporting new and existing SPS individual and institutional members. If there are any questions regarding membership benefits, how to become a member or challenges posed to continued membership due to COVID-19 impact on your institution, please reach out to him.
The Society for Pediatric Sedation Board of Directors and I hope that in the midst of uncertainty you continue to find and cherish the positive aspects of your chosen career. We acknowledge your unwavering commitment to the care of children and their families and appreciate your continued support of the society.