R. Matthew Walsh, MD
I suspect that the blossoming spring flowers, rising number of vaccinations and improving outlook for the pandemic have all set an optimistic outlook for all of the CSA members as we look towards the future. We are all hopeful for an in-person meeting in July that will reunite the CSA and MSA members for a great academic and social event in Chicago, IL. The pandemic has been a shared experience of loss and frustration, and I know we are all looking forward to caring for patients who may have avoided necessary medical care as we look to fully utilize our expertise. The prior combined Central-Midwest meeting was a great success, and I know the outstanding program already in place will help reorient our thoughts for what we enjoy doing best, influencing how we deliver the best surgical care.
Membership remains a critical aspect of our success as a surgical society. The mission of the CSA has always been to gather the best and brightest, engage in active academic discussions and propel the career of young academic surgeons. As part of that mission, The Central Surgical Foundation in conjunction with Elsevier supports two career development grants, the Turcotte Award and the CSAF Enrichment Award. I am pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of these awards to be Joal D. Beane and Kyle J. Van Arendonk. Please support the CSA by recruiting your colleagues to the Association and become actively involved in participating in its functions.
The Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL will be a great event where we will connect with friends across both societies, and enjoy the warm summer weather. Stay well until we meet in person.
Matthew Walsh, MD