2017- 2018 SAMBA President's Message
By Arnaldo Valedon, MD
The field of ambulatory anesthesia has undergone tremendous evolution in the last three decades. We have witnessed significant growth in the number of procedures currently being performed as day surgery, and our current evidence-based practice has matched such growth to sustain safe patient outcomes. SAMBA has been at the forefront of helping the sub-specialty evolve by the creation of guidelines and educational offerings, and we will ensure that such crucial endeavors continue.
The SAMBA board met last month to update our strategic plan and re-focus on our mission, vision, and goals.
The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia strives to be the leader in the perioperative care of the ambulatory surgical patient.
To be the leaders in Ambulatory Anesthesia, including NORA and Office Based Anesthesiology, patient care, medical education, patient safety, research and practice management.
- To advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia in all ambulatory venues.
- To promote high ethical and professional standards.
- To provide professional guidance for the practice of perioperative care of ambulatory surgical patients
- To foster and encourage education and research
In order to fulfill our mission, vision, and goals, we will be concentrating on four major areas in the upcoming year: 1. Education, 2. Quality of Care, 3. Membership, and 4. Advocacy.
EDUCATION. We have three main items to advance: A. Develop practice management materials for SAMBA members, B. Continue producing a high-quality Annual Meeting with expert speakers on topics of interest in ambulatory, non-operating room, and office-based anesthesia, and C. Pursue online education.
QUALITY OF CARE. This is a vast area of development for our specialty. We will be expanding our library of guidelines to ensure members have the most current and needed guidance.
MEMBERSHIP. Our members are the backbone of the society, and as such we have developed a clear value proposition and engagement strategy to drive SAMBA membership and develop future leaders of the profession. We would also like to maximize SAMBA’s influence through effective strategic partnerships.
ADVOCACY. SAMBA is reaching out to both the American Society of Anesthesiologists and other strategic partners in the ambulatory surgery field to help identify advocacy items of relevance to SAMBA's core mission and goals.
It is truly an honor to serve as your president for the upcoming year, and l look forward to your feedback as to what SAMBA can do for you.