*** APRIL DINNER CANCELLED ***
Message from the President
Welcome to the Seattle Surgical Society for 2020!
Congratulations is in order to Hugh Foy, our past President, and Kate Mandell (program director) for putting on a fabulous Annual meeting at the Arctic Club on February 7th. I am sorry for the members who missed the meeting as the venue was spectacular, the resident/fellow talks were superb and the panel discussions on Health Care Reform and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the surgical work force were outstanding and informative. A big thank you to all presenters who gave fabulous concise talks. The winners were: First place: Shanley Deal of Virginia Mason; 2nd place: Alex Lois of UW and 3rd place: Ryan Clark of Virginia Mason and Jay Zhu of UW.
The jeopardy competition was once again hosted by the charismatic Dr. Sam Mandell. The grand prize of Pacific Northwest Micro Beers was claimed by Virginia Mason’s residents. The after dinner talk, “Seattle Past to Present” was an entertaining presentation by Seattle Historian, Knute Berger, whose father was a surgical pioneer in Seattle and member of the Arctic Club!
In the spirit of having another great meeting in 2021, the Board of Directors has decided to host the meeting again at the Arctic Club.
As all of you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic is going to radically change each and every one of our personal and professional lives this Spring and Summer. The necessity to physically distance ourselves will prevent us from having a meeting in the near future. Hence, the cancellation of the April meeting and unlikelihood of even a May meeting. A number of outstanding speakers for both the scientific and after dinner talks have been identified but we are not able to confirm their participation at this time given the crisis at hand.
We will certainly keep the membership up to date with our plans for the quarterly meetings via email announcements. The Board will be meeting emergently via teleconference to discuss options for hosting the quarterly meetings at different times. For now, please keep the fall meeting dates of Sept 28 and October 26 on your calendars. It would be great if a meeting could be held during the summer months IF we are in the clear from COVID-19.
In the interim, the board will be meeting regularly to address a number of issues that concerns The Seattle Surgical Society’s future. I have listed a few of our objectives below:
While an early Spring is upon us with the cherry blossoms in full bloom, so is COVID-19. This will be a unique and challenging year to say the least for everyone on the planet and particularly for us on the front lines of healthcare in Seattle over the next month. God speed to everyone. Be safe, be smart, and protect the vulnerable and your families.
W. Scott Helton, President
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