The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists

Education Committee Update: Annual Meeting 2023

We are extremely excited and are looking forward to our first in-person SOCCA annual meeting since 2019! The Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee has been working hard over the last year and has put together an outstanding program that promises to deliver exceptional educational content. The meeting will kick off on Thursday night with the opportunity to network with colleagues during the SOCCA Women in Critical Care Meetup and the SOCCA Early Career Group Networking Events.

The main meeting on Friday morning starts with an education session challenging some of the existing dogmas in critical care. Dr. Kunal Karamchandani will discuss the current controversies related to analgosedation in critically ill patients, Dr. Ashish Khanna will address the challenges associated with defining blood pressure goals, and Dr. Talia Ben-Jacob will review the timing of renal replacement therapy initiation in patients with sepsis.  Our second education session evaluates common hematologic issues plaguing intensivists while caring for critically ill patients. Dr. Sreekanth Cheruku will discuss the role of transfusion algorithms and factor concentrates, Dr. Kamrouz Ghadimi will review the reversal of DOACs, and Dr. Ingrid Moreno Duarte will address the need for anticoagulation for patients on ECMO.

The afternoon begins with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement and Young Investigator awards.  Immediately preceding our next education session, Dr. Hannah Wunsch will highlight the origins of critical care and its association with the polio epidemic of 1952, as eloquently described in her new book. Our third education session presents the multifaceted approach of the transplant anesthesiologist-intensivist caring for patients throughout the perioperative period. Dr. Christine Nguyen-Buckley will discuss preoperative assessment and pre-habilitation in solid organ transplant recipients, Dr. Amit Bardia will speak on perioperative graft dysfunction after heart transplantation, and Dr. Andrea Miltiades will review the role of ECMO in lung transplantation. The final education session of the meeting will focus on post-ICU recovery, with Dr. Joy Chen reviewing post-intensive care syndrome, Drs. Somnath Bose and Meghan Lane-Fall discussing the present and future of recovery following an ICU stay.

In addition to the education sessions, there will be an opportunity to stay abreast with the latest research in critical care, as our colleagues and trainees present their research and medically challenging cases through moderated posters and oral presentations. There is also a variety of IARS/AUA/SOCCA aligned sessions, including a journal symposium late in the evening, reviewing the steps to mitigate healthcare disparities followed by a joint reception. Saturday is the IARS, AUA & SOCCA aligned meeting day featuring the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture, “Imaging Pain, Pain Relief and Altered States of Anaesthesia-induced Consciousness” presented by Professor Irene Tracey.

After nearly four years apart, we look forward to being able to reconnect with all of you in Denver in April!


Allison Dalton, MD
Chair, SOCCA Education Committee
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Kunal Karamchandani, MD, FCCM
Vice-Chair, SOCCA Education Committee
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas