Women in Critical Care

The past two years have been challenging for the critical care community, yet it has brought us to the forefront of providing excellent and evidence-driven care for the sickest of all patients. Teamwork and resilience have been the mainstay of our efforts. However, at the same time, the pandemic and its fallout have shown our community’s crevices with high rates of burnout. Women intensivists have been facing the brunt of many of these issues.

We at SOCCA would like to invite you to join Women in Critical Care—our initiative to form a women’s group within the ACCM community. (Both SOCCCA members and non-members are welcome, although within one year of joining we will expect non-members to make a membership commitment to SOCCA.)

Similar to groups such as Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (WICTA) and Women in Anesthesiology (WIA), Women in Critical Care is aimed at delivering academic advancement, networking, and a social community to anesthesia trained women in critical care, as well as others who wish to advance women in academics.

Initially, we aim to meet quarterly, maintain a presence on the SOCCA website and within the Interchange newsletter, formulate a list of potential speakers and panelists, and reach out to editors for special issue authorships.

Look for updates on SOCCA’s Twitter feed and on SOCCA Drip.


Upcoming Events

Cortessa RussellMay 25 Meeting: Cortessa Russell, MD
Join us on May 25 when we host Guest Speaker Cortessa Russell, MD. Dr. Russell will speak on “Moving from Burnout to Engagement.”
Register on Zoom today!

Dr. Cortessa Russell
Medical Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Evaluation and Exam (APEX) Clinic
Education Director, SICU and CTICU
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at CUIMC, Division of Critical Care
New York-Presbyterian LEAD Academy Physician
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology

Past Events

Deborah CookFireside Chat: March 17, 2022
On March 17, Professor Deborah Cook, Academic Chair of Critical Care Medicine, Professor, Department of Medicine, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University joined Women in Critical Care for a Fireside Chat.

Professor Cook graduated from McMaster Medical School (1985) and Internal Medicine Residency (1988). She completed General Internal Medicine Fellowship (1989) and the MSc (Design, Measurement and Evaluation Program) at McMaster. She then did a Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University (1991).

Dr. Cook practices intensive care medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. At McMaster University, she is Co-Chair of the Evidence-Based Practice Center. As Academic Chair of Critical Care Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and McMaster University, she has trained many residents and mentored many junior faculty on how to conduct, publish and appraise clinical research.

Dr. Cook is interested in risk factors for critical illness, prevention of ICU-acquired illness and complications, life support technology, ethics, and end-of-life choices for critically ill patients. Her research interests are in the design and conduct of multicenter studies, minimizing bias in systematic reviews of the literature, incorporation of diverse kinds of evidence into practice, and end of life decision-making.

As a Canada Research Chair of Research Transfer in Intensive Care, and former Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, Dr. Cook has published over 600 peer-review articles and supervised many young trainees and successful faculty. She has received numerous local, national and international awards for her practice, teaching, mentoring and research. In 2016, Dr. Cook was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her global contributions to improving the care of critically ill patients.