September is promising to be a busy month for me. The updating of the video will be in pre-production, there is the script to review and rewrite, the location for the sleep lab sequences, the actors/participants. That all by itself would keep me plenty busy.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery has its annual meeting in Washington, DC and I have made arrangements to meet with Dr. Ed Weaver who leads their sleep doctor group. I am hoping to get to the exhibit hall and review a the program of educational session to see who is talking about surgery and sleep apnea.
Later that same week I have meetings scheduled with the leaders of other organizations located in DC. A successful outcome in both meetings would be raising the visibility of the association and finding ways to partner with them to mutually advance our causes.
The week closes with a trip to Pittsburgh and the meeting of one of the councils of the American Trucking Association. Truck drivers are in the news these days and research shows they are at a heightened risk of developing sleep apnea. The trucking firm Schneider National has taken a pro-active approach to the problem by screening employees and providing for treatment.
The ASAA has the opportunity to make available our resources ie, patient education materials and the A.W.A.K.E. Network (and apneasupport.org) to the trucking company safety directors to help them help their employees at risk.
There is more travel in October... San Francisco for the American Society of Anesthesiology meeting and then Chicago for the American College of Chest Physicians meeting. I will be reporting on those when I am there.
I'll be back.