As my two-year term as President of the SPS draws to a close, I’m reflecting on what we’ve accomplished as a society during that time. In this education-based issue, it’s fitting to emphasize our premier achievement, the revision of the SPS Sedation Provider CourseTM. Through the work of our Education Committee, the course has morphed from a traditional day-long classroom course into a fantastic, fully disseminatable online educational product, with an optional in-person simulation component for institutions to use as desired. (For more information, attend the Workshop “Using the SPS Sedation Provider CourseTM to Train and Credential Your Providers” on Tuesday morning during our Baltimore conference). The Education Committee has also continued to produce excellent annual conferences and has maintained other online CME/CEU opportunities.
Also, during my tenure, the other SPS committees have built upon prior successes. The Quality and Safety Committee has continued to provide a frame of reference for defining high-quality pediatric sedation systems, with the second and soon-to-be third round of Center of Excellence designations. (For more information, attend the Workshop “Center of Excellence, Taking your Practice From Good to Great” on Monday afternoon during our Baltimore conference).
The Research Committee has undergone a major change with the decision to move our Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium database from Dartmouth to Columbia. I am particularly excited about the planned increase in collaboration between our Quality and Research Committees, which will enable our group to research not only sedation safety, but also other domains of quality such as efficiency, efficacy, and patient-centered care.
Our Membership and Communications Committee has also been busy under my watch, creating a new logo, website update, and a new dues and benefit structure for the first time in 10 years, as well as increasing outreach and our social media presence. Finally, we’re well positioned from an organizational standpoint, with a five-year Strategic Plan in place for 2020-2024. One of the much-needed features of this plan is the consideration of organized succession planning, including the incorporation of younger SPS members into every facet of our committee work. If you are a member (young or not-so-young!) and are not actively connected to a committee, please consider reaching out to one of our committee chairs and joining. As recently heard on my local PBS radio station’s pledge drive, “if not you, then who? If not now, then when?”
Involvement with SPS has definitely been a highlight of my professional career, and I’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank Joe Cravero, George Blike, and the other founders of the society for promoting pediatric sedation as its own entity. I’m honored to have had a small part in steering this ship for a couple of years, and I hope that we continue to sail on for years to come. The thousands of kids undergoing stressful procedural experiences in hospitals and dental offices every day need our support.
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