The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts!! -Aristotle
And just like that, it’s Spring!!! As I write this and look outside my window at the last vestiges of Winter, I long for summer as I have all year long. The difference now is that we are truly in the home stretch – Projects are coming to fruition and our annual meeting where we will gather for the first time in 3 years is just around the corner on December 15-18, 2022 in Miami!!!
The PCICS has continued to grow and thrive, in large part due to its membership, which remains plentiful, international and interdisciplinary. Our committees are highly active and productive on behalf of the society and its membership. The Connections committee continues to produce amazing podcasts and newsletters as well as lead the redesign of our website. The Education committee has published the nursing curriculum, standardized the application process for advanced CICU training applicants, continues to teach multiple PCICS APP Curriculum courses annually, led the selection of our new learning management system (LMS), and is actively working to build exciting educational content that will be available on the LMS to engage and educate our members outside of the annual meeting. The Program committee executed an amazing virtual meeting which marked the 25th anniversary of PCICS, and has nearly finalized the conference agenda for 2022, which you definitely won’t want to miss! These are just a few of the amazing achievements this past year and we look forward to many more in the coming year.
The PCICS took its place amongst other leading pediatric cardiac subspecialty societies in shaping the 8th Annual World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery that will take place in 2023. Furthermore, to increase diversity, participation and opportunities for leadership we have put forth a bylaws revision that will shorten the terms of service for the board of directors and officers and established two dedicated positions (nurse and physician) for underrepresented minorities.
As our Society continues to develop, we get more and more excited envisioning the connections that will be made and strengthened, the care transformed, outcomes elevated, and the lives enriched!!
David Cooper MD, MPH
Vice President, PCICS
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Medical Director, Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Medical Director, CICU, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinatti, Ohio, USA