Committee on Education Update
by Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, FASA, Allison Dalton, MD, and Kunal Karamchandani, MD, FCCM
As we start the new year with some bittersweet memories from 2021, we are again reminded that the pandemic still exists with the most recent surge again filling hospitals and ICUs alike. This current surge with the highly transmissible Omicron variant has not only overwhelmed hospitals but has also impacted the critical care workforce across the board. This has again upended many a plan, including the scheduled in-person annual meeting in Hawaii this March which has been converted to a virtual-only format. Although the decision was not easy, we believe that it was in the best interest of our members and the society in general. A lot of behind-the-scenes activity and hard work has gone into making this transition seamless and we are confident that we will be able to provide our membership, the same high quality and enriching content that the in-person meeting would have provided. For this, we would like to thank our administrative and education staff partners from the IARS, SOCCA and AUA. It was not easy to suddenly pivot and reorganize everything on the same dates as the actual in person meeting, within a less than two months span, and we would have not been here had it not been for their tireless efforts. The combined IARS/AUA/SOCCA meeting will be held virtually from March 17-20, with the dedicated SOCCA meeting day on Friday, March 18; and aligned SOCCA-IARS content on Saturday, March 19.
We will kickstart the meeting with the first ever SOCCA women’s section meetup on the evening prior to the SOCCA meeting day. Kudos to Dr. Shahla Siddiqui for her dedication and efforts to spearhead the creation of the Women in Critical Care group within SOCCA and organizing this event. The very popular SOCCA early career group networking event, led by Dr. Alisha Bhatia, will take place following the women’s section meetup the same evening.
We will open the meeting with a session discussing the future of critical care practice with emphasis on the nuts and bolts of billing and reimbursement as it impacts critical care anesthesiologists working in various practice settings. Moderated by Dr. Michael Nurok, this session brings together a diverse group of speakers from different parts of the country and promises to enhance our understanding of one of the most complex yet important aspects of our practice.
The next educational session will explore the challenges associated with post-intensive care syndrome. Dr. Robert White will be discussing post-ICU survivorship in the context of COVID related critical illness, while Dr. Michael Devinney will shed some light on what we can do in the ICU to prevent post ICU discharge cognitive dysfunction. Dr. Kimberly Rengel will then discuss the importance of muscle health and integrity in impacting quality of life in ICU survivors.
The third educational session will exhibit a pro-con debate on the use of steroids in ARDS. Moderated by Dr. Joseph Meltzer, we will have Dr. Shaz Shaefi advocating for the use of steroids in ARDS, while Dr. Vadim Gudzenko will be presenting evidence to the contrary. This promises to be a highly engaging and informative session especially since the pendulum related to the use of steroids in ARDS tends to swing in either direction every few years!
Our last educational session for the day will be a “grab bag” session with snap talks on some of the hottest topics in critical care, including identification and management of the physiologically difficult airway, care of critically ill potential organ donors, management of critically ill obstetric patients, and discussions around collaborative management of cardiac arrest as well as elaboration of a surgical home model for the liver transplant patients, discussing pre and post-transplant continuum of care.
Whether you will be joining us from a beach in Hawaii or from the comfort of your own home or office, we promise you will not be disappointed with the quality of the educational content and the networking albeit virtual at this event. “See you” at SOCCA 2022!
Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, FASA
Chair, SOCCA Committee on Education; Annual Program Chair SOCCA 2021
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Allison Dalton, MD
Annual Program Co-Chair SOCCA 2022
University of Chicago
Kunal Karamchandani, MD, FCCM
Annual Program Co-Chair SOCCA 2022
UT Southwestern Medical Center
SOCCA Reception at 2023 SCCM Critical Care Congress in San Francisco
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT
Location: Hilton Union Square (333 O’Farrell Street)
Room: Franciscan A
When: February 2, 2023 | 6:00 PM ET
Where: Register online
Description: Join us for our first Early Career Intensivist Group Meet and Greet of the year on February 2 at 6pm ET. We will have SOCCA board member Dr. Ashish Khanna joining us for a lively discussion about navigating through life as an Early Career Intensivist. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) / Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) / Cardio Thoracic ICU (CTICU) Workgroup
Members who have a special interest in MCS are invited to join this workgroup. Our first meeting will be January 19, 2023, at 5PM CST. Please register in advance: SOCCA CTICU/ECMO Meetup Link.
This year, SOCCA is seeking committee volunteers for our communication, education, membership, and research committees—as well as the new clinical practice committee. To view committee descriptions and submit an application, visit https://socca.org/get-involved/.
You may submit an application for a SOCCA Committee between November 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.
Learn more & review SOCCA’s Volunteer Selection Criteria.
This election cycle, SOCCA will be electing three members for the Board of Directors (3-year term). Further details about the governance structure of SOCCA are described in SOCCA’s Society Bylaws.
SOCCA members interested in serving in an elected positions on the SOCCA Board of Directors should submit a letter of interest, photograph, and curriculum vitae to Vivian Abalama, IOM, CAE ([email protected]) with subject line “2023 SOCCA Board of Directors Election.”
Review criteria by which Board of Directors and volunteer leaders are evaluated: Volunteer Selection Criteria.
You can apply via email only for a Board of Directors position between November 1, 2022 and December 5, 2022.
SOCCA Innovators Award: applications open 9/30/2022 – 12/31/2022.
Gender Equality in Critical Care
Major professional societies & organizations have the obligation to initiate & sustain strategies that support & enhance gender equality in critical care. WICC invites members of SOCCA to participate & discuss ways to advance these goals & values. Understanding & recognizing gender diversity challenges & carrying on the momentum gathered in recent years within SOCCA and outside it, will enable a positive environment for more women to enter & remain within ACCM.
SOCCA has a calendar/list of events. Visit it regularly & save essential dates.
The SOCCA Speakers Bureau has officially launched! As a SOCCA member, you may now:
Have you made any changes in 2022? It’s time to update your SOCCA demographic profile and / or renew your membership. Keep your SOCCA experience seamless & don’t miss out on any updates & member benefits. Visit: buff.ly/3sPMG6j
SOCCA would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our female intensivists during this month and year-round. Throughout September, four of our members will be sharing their experiences as a woman in critical care.
Read: Burnout: No Easy Answers in a Post-Pandemic World, by Sarah Alber, MD
Read: Belonging to an Organization: Professional Advancement & Personal Gains, by Nazish Hashmi, MD
Read: Mentors and Mentees: A Powerful Connection, by May Hua, MD, MS
Read: Women in Critical Care: Where We Are & Where We Want to Be, by Shahla Siddiqui, MD, MSc, FCCM
Shahla Siddiqui, MD, MSc, FCCM, and Co-Chair of SOCCA’s Women in Critical Care recently edited a special issue of Journal of Critical Care featuring women as first and senior authors. Read Dr. Siddiqui’s introduction in Volume 71 | October 2022 issue.
The SOCCA Early Career Intensivists working group provides new members and members who are early in their careers with the resources needed to ease the transition from trainee to practicing intensivist. Learn more.
Have you read “SOCCA, the Pandemic, and the Future” by SOCCA’s Miguel Cobas, MD, FCCM, in this month’s ASA Monitor? Visit: https://socca.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Cobas_SOCCA.pdf
As a SOCCA member, you are eligible to receive a discount on an IARS membership. IARS membership benefits include a subscription to Anesthesia & Analgesia, SOCCA’s official journal, A&A Practice e-journal, free journal CME, access to a member community and discounted registration to the IARS Annual Meeting. Click here to view a list of membership options.
Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Programs
Have you visited SOCCA’s Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Programs page? If you would like your organization’s program added to our site, let us know here: https://socca.org/new-socca-fellowship-listing/.