Program Committee Announces 2012 Sputum Bowl Plans
March 14, 2012
Whether you attended AARC Congress 2011 or not, you’re likely to have heard there were lots of rumors floating around regarding the future of the AARC Sputum Bowl. We acknowledge that you probably have some unanswered questions and we feel it our responsibility to answer them to provide you clarification. We thought the best way to communicate this information to you would be through a simple Q&A format. Hopefully we’ll address most, if not all of your questions.
A: Yes. During the 2011 Sputum Bowl Finals in Tampa, FL, President Stewart announced there would be a Sputum Bowl competition in 2012.
A: The AARC wants to make the Sputum Bowl into a more contemporary competition; one that still challenges the knowledge of our competitors, but also one that is engaging to the audience. Members tell us that they like to test their own knowledge but they’re unable to do so in the current format. The 2012 Sputum Bowl Committee has been charged to modify the competition that will allow for more audience participation.
While the 2012 Sputum Bowl Committee will ultimately determine what changes will be implemented, here are a few definitive ones that we know will take place:
A: Absolutely! Nothing has changed in this regard.
A: They won’t impact your state competition at all. Each state runs their own competition a bit different…some with their own set of rules. Any rule changes on the national level will have no impact on the state affiliates. Whether your state chooses to adopt any new rule changes is completely up to your state leadership.
A: We’ve asked the Sputum Bowl committee to routinely evaluate needed changes to the competition. So yes…it is likely the National Sputum Bowl Competition will continue to evolve in coming years. Any changes would be designed to enhance the competition, but also to increase the engagement, entertainment value, and participation with the audience.
Q: I'm interested in keeping up with Sputum
Bowl activities. How can I do that?
We hope that this information has been helpful. As new information becomes available, the AARC will communicate it to you through our website, email lists or by publication in the AARC Times. Should you have further questions that are not answered in this document, I would recommend that you reach out the Sputum Bowl Coordinator in your state.
Thank you so much for your support of this competition—one that is rich with tradition for the AARC and respiratory therapists everywhere! We hope you join us for our “new and improved” Sputum Bowl this year at AARC Congress 2012 in New Orleans, LA.