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Nancy L.Glass, MD, FAAP, MBA
Winter Meeting Program Chair

Welcome to Pediatric Anesthesiology 2006

It is my pleasure to welcome my anesthesia colleagues and their families to Pediatric Anesthesiology 2006, the eleventh annual joint Winter Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The meeting, to be held February 16-19, 2006, will return to the newly-refurbished Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, FL. This popular resort is just across the bridge from the world-famous shell beaches of Sanibel and Captiva islands. The SPA Board has put in a special request for beautiful weather for you and your families!

Featured at this year's meeting will be experts in pediatric anesthesia and guest speakers, addressing topics germane to general anesthesia, safety and quality assurance, pain management, regional anesthesia, and education.

Planned topics include:

  • An overview of medical mistakes—why we make them, and how we can prevent them
  • An update on CNS and awareness monitors.how do they fit into our practices? Do they make our anesthetics safer?
  • A look at some recommended safety/quality practices we MAY not have incorporated into our routines
  • A highly-anticipated presentation on Crew Resource Management.presented by one of our own SPA members and her commercial pilot husband, reported to be a .don.t miss this event!.
  • The ever-popular Jeopardy game
  • A lively debate on the optimal management of the ex-preemie undergoing hernia repair
  • A panel presenting the top ten "don't miss" papers of the last year—CV, transplant, and new drugs
  • AAP Advocacy Lecture and Awards
  • Oral and Poster Abstract presentations, featuring practical clinical techniques, clinical and basic research

In addition to plenary sessions and abstracts, other educational opportunities include:

  • Workshops covering airway and ventilation management, pain and regional anesthesia techniques, the incorporation of magic techniques in anesthesia practice, educational issues, ethical dilemmas, and business practices.
  • "All new" Refresher Courses addressing up-to-date topics of interest to clinicians.
  • Problem-Based Learning sessions providing participants with the chance to discuss challenging cases with experienced practitioners.

This meeting, known for its friendly, interactive, and comfortable atmosphere, will again incorporate the use of the popular, real-time computerized audience response polling system to survey audience composition, opinions, and practice patterns.

The program for this meeting reflects the collaborative efforts of the SPA Committee on Education, the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and the enthusiastic and generous participation by scores of SPA members. Please join us to hear the voices of experience and to meet our specialty's leaders of tomorrow in a friendly, fun setting.

Nancy L. Glass, MD, FAAP, MBA
Winter Meeting Program Chair 2005-2006