At the April SPA Meeting, Dr. Mark Rockoff announced to the members of the Society that, "The American Board of Anesthesiology has recently been authorized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to offer certification in the subspecialty of Pediatric Anesthesia to qualified anesthesiologists."  

We will keep SPA members posted as more information is provided about this exciting development.

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From the Editor

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The Family Feud panel at Pediatric Anesthesiology 2011. Doctors Lynn Martin, Anne Lynn, Linda Mason, Myron Yaster, Mary Ellen McCann, Frank McGowan, Lynn Ferrari, Genie Heitmiller, Lynda Means and Lynn Maxwell.

Remaining professional and having fun

Although this edition of the SPA Newsletter includes some reviews of our October meeting of 2010, I write this at the close of the April, 2011 SPA meeting.  

What struck me during the last day of the meeting was a discussion during the Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council (Chairs and Chiefs) that centered around professionalism. When working with children every day, it is easy to forget what it means to be a professional.  It is not what we wear (brightly colored hats) or what we do (sing songs or tell jokes during inductions) that either defines or distracts from the meaning of the word.  To be a professional in our field simply means that we are reliably present, perform our responsibilities to the best of our abilities, and relate to every patient, family member, and colleague with respect.  We are simply fortunate that we can have fun doing it.

With that thought, I look forward to hearing from you about the electronic newsletter.  In addition, I am in great need of some new material and would be happy to look at a review, an editorial, or article of interest for our upcoming editions. It's a great way to get your name out there in our Society and on your CV.  Please reach me at  

May each of you go about your days with the joy that comes with our profession, but also with the honor of being a professional.

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