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The SPA Education Committee has put together an outstanding program this year focused on Practice Improvement. The scientific program is based on feedback from attendees of the society’s previous meetings and will focus on ways to improve, motivate and assess both group and individual practices.

Program Description

The traditional “gold standard” for the science of medicine is the use of randomized, multi-center placebo controlled trials. Dr. Sachin Kheterpal is a leader in the development of the use of clinical information systems for outcomes research and will present information that will change the way you interpret medical science. His lecture will be followed by Dr. Randall Wetzel who will discuss the value of shared outcome data that has been realized through the virtual PICU. Additional examples of the value information systems in anesthesiology will be presented by Drs. Mohamed Rehman and Randall Brenn along with a lively discussion. The morning session will conclude with lectures on individual practice improvement with talks on incentives and measurement tools of individual performance from Drs. Dean Kurth and Amr Abouleish.

The afternoon session will continue with our theme of practice improvement starting with safety as a motivator. Dr. David Gaba will discuss crew resource management as a tool for enhancing safety and quality improvement, followed by two additional talks on effective communication and the use of checklists to improve safety from Drs. Thomas Shaw and Eugenie Heitmiller. The afternoon program will end with two presentations related to Hurricane Katrina, which cancelled our plans to hold the 2005 meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Paul Sirbaugh will discuss disaster preparedness, while Dr. Charles Fox will share with us the lessons he learned on the ground in New Orleans during and after the storm.

Education Mission Statement

The Annual Meeting will focus on several areas of pediatric anesthesia and healthcare delivery. The overall goals for attendees of this program are to enhance their existing fund of knowledge and introduce them to new state-of-the-art issues that may affect their practice, thereby increasing their ability to provide the highest possible quality of care.

Target Audience

The program is intended for anesthesiologists and other practitioners who care for children in their practice of anesthesiology and/or critical care medicine. It is also intended for clinical and basic science researchers whose areas of investigation relate to pediatric anesthesia/critical care, as well as physicians and healthcare providers interested in learning more about the practice of pediatric anesthesia.

CME Credits

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

We look forward to your active participation in the meeting sessions and request that you provide valuable feedback by completing evaluations and comments.