by Michael H. Wall, MD, FCCM
Seeing so many SOCCA members in person at the SCCM meeting in San Francisco last month was great. SOCCA members were well-represented on many SCCM panels, workshops, roundtables, and other educational events. The SCCM anesthesia section reception was exceptionally well attended and could have easily been a SOCCA business meeting! We look forward to seeing everyone in person at the annual meeting in Denver in April.
We have a fantastic annual meeting program starting with SOCCA women in a critical care meet-up and an early career group networking event. The annual meeting program on Friday, April 14, is packed with fantastic educational sessions, oral and abstract poster sessions from 0700 in the morning until 1930 at night. Wow! We close out this busy day with a reception from 1930 to 2130. Saturday, April 15, is the IARS, AUA, and SOCCA-aligned meeting day, with several excellent presentations of interest to our SOCCA members throughout the day. It will be an extraordinary meeting.
SOCCA continues to grow and offers opportunities for all our members to become more engaged by joining and participating in our new workgroups and taskforces. These workgroups and taskforces are entirely open for any volunteer to participate. The membership committee has added several new workgroups, including early career, medical student residents and fellows, physicians and practice, women in critical care, and diversity equity and inclusion. If you're interested in participating in any of these, please get in touch with the chair of the membership committee, Alisha Bhatia or vice chair Jing Tao.
We have also formed a new clinical practice committee chaired by George Williams and vice chaired by Gozde Demiralp. There are several new workgroups on this committee as well. These are just getting started and all are looking for volunteers to join them. These workgroups include critical transplant care, mechanical circulatory support/ECMO/CT ICU, Neurocritical care, and Service Chiefs Advisory Council. The newest one formed during the SCCM meeting last month is the OB and critical-care workgroup. If you are interested in participating in any of these new groups, please get in touch with George or Gozde.
I look forward to seeing you in person in Denver soon.
Michael H. Wall, MD, FCCM
President, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists
University of Minnesota
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/.