Past President's Message
Fostering the SPS Mission
By Lia Lowrie, MD
Immediate Past President
It has been such an honor and privilege to help further the Society for Pediatric Sedation’s mission over the past two years. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to foster the growth of the Society. We have come a long way since 25 or so clinicians interested in providing sedation services to children sat in a conference room in Atlanta in 2007 to launch a Society – something that none of us had the least idea how to do! Ably aided by our management team from Ruggles, we are now 600+ members strong. We have an extraordinary database of sedation clinical facts from which to provide support to a growing number of sedation providers and have established growing credibility as a reference point for other Societies and regulatory bodies. I hope to continue to foster relationships among the diverse professional groups so important to providing this needed service to children though our Conference, SPS Sedation Provider Course©, online CME offerings, listserve, blog and the ever present Facebook and Twitter.
This year’s Annual Conference in Charleston on May 19-21 was again a reinvigorating opportunity to further our mission. Nearly 200 attendees heard interesting plenary lectures, excellent poster and oral abstract presentations and had the opportunity to interact at smaller breakout sessions and more informally in the beautiful downtown area of Charleston’s harbor. Synopses of many of these presentations are in this issue of SPS E-News. A particularly interesting session was held on Wednesday morning concerning how members of this Society have been able to change career paths successfully to encompass procedural sedation and how to foster further development of pediatric procedural sedation as a professional discipline.
All SPS committees had a chance to meet in Charleston and are continuing their work with conference calls. The Quality and Safety Committee plans to release an online compendium of pertinent sedation guidelines and standards on the SPS website that will be helpful to many of you organizing your sedation services. The Conference Planning Committee settled on St. Louis, Missouri for the Annual Conference in 2015 and Hartford, Connecticut in 2016. Stay tuned for more committee work products and, as always, I encourage all members to get involved. The SPS website lists contact information for all committee chairs.
During the Annual Conference, the SPS Board met and welcomed new Directors and one new Officer. It was also my turn to hand over the Board Presidency to Trish Scherrer, MD who has already turned her unflagging energies to the tasks at hand. The Board elected Jason Reynolds, MD as our new Vice-President and thus President-Elect. It is nice to see in just seven years that the SPS Board includes many members and officers not present in that Atlanta conference room – further evidence of the maturation and growth represented by SPS.
My immediate predecessor, Mick Connors, MD, set such a great example of what a past president should be – quietly present, always insightful and willing to help. As the Program Chair for the Annual Conference in St. Louis however, I will still need input and help from all SPS members to continue our stated Mission “to strive to be the international multidisciplinary leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education.”