Thank you to those who joined us at the SASM 2nd Annual Meeting!
2012 SASM Annual Conference Information
Second SASM Annual Meeting: A Huge Success
Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine: What Every Health Professional Needs to Know
The Second SASM Annual Meeting was held on October 11 -12 at Hilton Washington Hotel on Thursday and Friday just before the American Society of Anesthesiologist annual meeting. The meeting provided a forum for discussions pertaining to the common grounds between obstructive sleep apnea, sleep and anesthesia. The goal was to promote excellence in patient care, research and education in anesthesia, sleep medicine, and perioperative medicine.
The meeting was a great success with approximately 200 registrants. The presentations were excellent and there were heated discussions during the question and answer period. We received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees regarding the excellent choice of topics and outstanding educational quality of the presentations. The handouts for all the presentations are now posted on the SASM website, www.sasmhq.org
In addition, there were 13 exhibitors that provided information on new products related to anesthesia and sleep medicine. This year, SASM instituted a fun game, an iPAD give-away. Registrants were required to obtain signatures from all the exhibitors to enter into a draw to win an iPAD. This resulted in a tremendous interaction between the registrants and the exhibitors.
There were 31 scientific abstract presentations. Six research awards were given, four for clinical research and two for basic science research.
On Thursday evening, there was a social function that included a cash bar cocktail reception. It provided an opportunity for networking among SASM members and industry. This was followed by a special dinner for conference speakers and SASM Gold Patron Members. Nancy Collop MD, past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, gave a stimulating and interesting talk on Sleep Medicine and Anesthesia. She emphasized that with increasing focus of the anesthesiology discipline on sleep and upper airway, there are immense possibilities of collaboration and interaction between the two disciplines.
Next year the SASM annual meeting will be held in San Francisco on October 11, 2013 with optional afternoon workshops on October 1Oth followed by the SASM dinner. Please reserve this date now. We look forward to you joining us next year.
SASM CME Meeting
Chair: Frances Chung
Co-Chair: Babak Mokhlesi