The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists

President’s Corner


The goal of SOCCA is to offer numerous areas and opportunities for our members to engage and grow our Society, and our members have been very busy! The women in critical care group is open to all SOCCA members and has been very active in developing Fireside Chats and podcasts and discussing ways to improve mentorship and sponsorship within critical care. They are also working on a systematic review of women in critical care leadership. SOCCA has been developing an excellent collaboration with the Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia. I encourage all SOCCA members involved in transplantation to join this workgroup. There are possibilities to participate and attend SATA's regional meetings throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information about this. SOCCA has nominated Cortessa Russell, MD, to be the SOCCA liaison to the ASA Wellness Committee. Dr. Russell has a wellness leadership role at Columbia and has been involved in many aspects of CCM wellness during her career. The SOCCA education committee continues to plan next year's meeting with the IARS and developed the SOCCA Board Review course (September 28 and October 5). Also, join us for the SOCCA Early Career Intensivist’s second Job Fair on October 4, where you will gain valuable insights on successfully navigating the evolving healthcare landscape. Remember, all work groups are open to all members, and we have plenty of things for folks to do!

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in Seattle from May 17 to May 19, 2024. SOCCA will continue collaborating with the IARS, Early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS), and others on the Annual Meeting Oversight Committee to plan the 2024 annual meeting. We will have extensive meeting content devoted to critical care and more critical-care content at next year's meeting than ever.

A restructuring of administrative support for SOCCA to handle our substantial growth in membership and programs is currently under consideration. SOCCA maintains an unwavering commitment to promoting academic anesthesiology and critical care in academic and private practice. We are currently in the process of evaluating RFPs from several association management companies. The SOCCA Executive Committee and the Board of Directors are extensively involved with this, and we will keep all our members informed as things progress. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions as we move forward.

I hope everyone had a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco in October and Seattle in May.


Michael H. Wall, MD, FCCM
President, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota