Did you know that there is a HUGE organization dedicated to ensuring consistency and excellence in the critical care practice? I didn't either, but after reading about them, they are absolutely amazing. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest organization of its kind. Operating in 80 countries, there are 14,000 members that represent each and every aspect of the critical care team. And they don't sit in office chairs and hand down publications. They take an active part in making sure that every critical care professional has the opportunity for growth and access to exceptional knowledge when it comes to education, research, patient care and advocacy.
So, what exactly do they do? Well, they publish a twice monthly newsletter entitled Critical Connections that offers SCCM updates as well as clinical practice articles. Members can also view podcasts, vodcasts and subscribe to RSS feeds on the most up-to-date and modern innovations in critical care. And there is a Critical Care eNewsletter that arrives in your inbox twice a month that is an exceptional resource for SCCM and clinical information. These publications are available to non-members, but members get a 20% discount
SCCM also hosts conferences. Still to come this year are the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support Course July 21-22, in Minneapolis, MN; the Fundamentals of Critical Care Ultrasound on July 25-26th in Chicago; Board Prep and Review July 27-31, also in Chicago and the Pharmacotherapy Conference on September 16-17th in Las Vegas, NV.
SCCM's website has a plethora of information available. They are quite open and forthcoming with all of their information, to include their leadership and staff. As a not-for-profit organization, they depend upon donations and you have the opportunity to contribute on their site. You will find handy links to the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS), the Fundamental Disaster Management Course (FDM) and the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (PFCCS). The site has 10 different aspects for professional development, from online networking to Critical-Care Ethics, Quality Initiatives and simple helpful tips.
For anyone who has chosen this type of care as their career of choice, and for those who consider it a "calling", the Society of Critical Care Medicine offers a one-stop treasure trove for education, advocacy and self-improvement and to meet and network with professionals that share the same passion as you do for this important aspect of medicine.