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SPAQI Committees

The SPAQI Committees are charged with the overall leadership of the society and providing vision and oversight to all activities of the organization.

  • Guidelines Committee  - The Guidelines Committee works closely with members of subspecialty societies develop guiding documents or consensus statements. This process involves a literature search, selecting and grading the available evidence, and developing recommendations. In the absence of high quality evidence, expert opinion and consensus are used to formulate recommendations. The recommendations  thus developed are published as a journal article and available on the SPAQI website. 
  • Communications & Website – Recommend ways to improve the website for ease of use navigation, improved communication, and  to ensure this serves needs of our diverse membership.  Facilitate changes recommended by the membership committee and executive committee.   Provide recommendations to the Webmaster and manager of the Twitter & LinkedIn account, Facebook pages.   Facilitate increased outreach and communication through both social networking sites and website.
  • Summit Planning  -  Goal to ensure  SPAQI  members maximially benefit from the annual meeting. Provide recommendations for topics, speakers, panels to executive committee. Review abstracts submitted for the Perioperative Medicine Summit, select presenters, designate reviewers to review posters and oral presentations.
  • Literature Review Committee  - Identify current literature of interest to our members. Present articles of interest and summarize newer guidelines for placement on the website.  Track  interesting articles, guidelines and refer to communications committee for dissemination to membership. Responsible for monthly “ Journal Watch” Section to be maintained by the website committee.
  • Perioperative Collaborative Practice Committee- The PCPC is a multidisciplinary group of SPAQI members with a goal to promote involvement and to share collaborative practice among SPAQI members of varied roles in perioperative clinics. The committee aims to address current topics and trends in perioperative medicine that are relevant to all disciplines involved with pre-operative and peri-operative management, including: advanced practice clinicians (NPs, PAs, CRNAs, Physicians and RNs). We meet by conference calls approximately every six weeks, which include an educational module on a relevant topic in perioperative medicine or a clinically challenging case with open discussion afterwards. We also encourage members to participate in discussions re: best practices and process models.
    • Shpresa (Shyti) Mullikin, NP (chair)
    • Chris Berner, PA-C (secretary)
  • Community Based Perioperative Committee- The SPAQI Community Based Perioperative Committee focuses on providing guidance and support for community hospitals interested in either starting or improving their existing perioperative programs. The committee recognizes there are issues and hurdles that are unique to the community setting offers a collaborative aid for rural, private, and community healthcare providers and systems who are looking to improve perioperative outcomes. The committee is currently focusing on many areas, including providing assistance with setting up data metrics, identifying areas that can lead to improved outcomes within community hospital settings, and establishing a case to gain administrative support.