45th Critical Care Congress
February 20-24, 2016
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, USA

The 2016 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. View the Program and Exhibition Guide.

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 Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions


Participate in pre- and post-Congress educational sessions. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. Course prices vary; view the Congress registration form for details.

Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2016

Full-Day Courses
​Advances in Veterinary Critical Care

Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

This course is designed for veterinary emergency and critical care practitioners, residents and interns. It will focus on veterinary cardiac disease and analgesia/ anesthesia. The second day will culminate in a mock exam for those preparing to sit for the ACVECC boards.

Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy

This two-day course is ideal for professionals who are preparing for the Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination administered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) (spring and fall of 2016). Developed and presented by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, the course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge domains covered in the critical care specialty.

Critical Care Ultrasound

​Gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging during this two-day comprehensive course. Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations, featuring live models and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points.

​This course is full; please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to be added to the wait list.

​Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric

Learn how to perform and interpret pediatric ultrasound imaging during this comprehensive two-day course. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.

​Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care ​Enhance and update your critical care knowledge by attending this two-day multidisciplinary course, which highlights a variety of topics applicable to the ICU setting. The interactive format will include presentations on select topics, such as decoding patient safety and quality in the ICU, controversies in traumatic brain injury and emerging infectious diseases.
​Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care ​Attain expert knowledge and bring home new information and approaches for your pediatric critical care practice. This two-day interactive course will focus on clinical challenges immediately pertinent to the critical care practitioner and provide insight into new and controversial topics. This year, topic areas will include updates and cutting edge approaches to traumatic brain injury, trauma, and stroke.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 

Half-Day Courses
Advanced Practice Providers in the ICU: Finances and Productivity

​This half-day course will discuss the financial aspects of utilizing advanced practice providers in the ICU, including approaches to assess costs and revenues, billing choices, relative value unit strategies, and productivity evaluations. Case studies and audience participation will be used to synthesize the information presented.

Full-Day Courses
​Adult Airway Management in the Critically Ill

This hands-on course will provide information on airway anatomy, management of the difficult airway, anatomic surprises, airway devices and pharmacologic support. The afternoon will consist of skill stations for direct laryngoscopy, percutaneous and surgical cricothyroidectomy, channeled and non-channeled airway devices, and King airway insertion and removal.

​Fundamentals Faculty Academy ​This single-day course will introduce intensivists and other ICU clinicians to Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) and Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM). Offered for both those interested in bringing FCCS, PFCCS or FDM to their institutions and individuals from institutions currently hosting a Fundamentals course, leading course consultants and developers will share strategies for ways to improve how the course is provided within a variety of environments.
​Hemodynamic Monitoring: From Cardiovascular Physiology to Applied Intensive Care Medicine ​This course will review basic principles of cardiovascular physiology as applied to specific critical illnesses, along with current technologies in ICU cardiovascular monitoring. The morning will consist of a large-group didactic session, and the afternoon format will include small groups and case-based scenarios at the "virtual bedside."
Mechanical Ventilation: Strategies and Implementation

​This hands-on course will provide a practical overview of mechanical ventilation, including the implementation and troubleshooting of a personalized, open lung protective ventilation strategy.

Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26, 2016 ​

​​Full-Day Courses
​ECMO Management

Held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs for both adult and pediatric patients. This intense two-day simulation course will cover topics including basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

This course will be held at the University of South Florida Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in Tampa, Florida, USA. Round-trip transportation between Orlando and Tampa will be provided with limited transportation back to Orlando.

​This course is full; please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to be added to the wait list.



 Popular Events and Sessions


ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony
Members and guests are invited to attend the ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony. New Fellows will be inducted into the ACCM and award and grant recipients will be honored. Come support your colleagues during this prestigious occasion.

Fellowship Directors' Luncheon
Critical care fellowship program directors are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors’ Luncheon, to be held Monday, February 22, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will address fellowship program use of simulation to provide training in non-procedural areas as well as methods for measuring competence using simulation. Nationally recognized experts will present and lead the discussion. This is a ticketed session and requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend.

Plenary Sessions
Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, FRCP, MCCM
Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine,
Distinguished Professor and Mitchell P. Fink Endowed Chair,
Department of Critical Care Medicine,
University of Pittsburgh and
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, BCPS, MCCM
Professor and Head
The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Maurene A. Harvey, MPH, MCCM
Critical Care Educator and Consultant
Glenbrook, Nevada, USA

Jay A. Johannigman, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Director of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery
United States Air Force Reserve
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

James S. Merlino, MD, FACS, FASCRS
President and Chief Medical Officer of the Strategic Consulting Division
Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Lewis A. Rubinson, MD, PhD
Medical Director
Critical Care Resuscitation Unit
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, FCCM
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine,
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Department of Intensive Care,
Erasme University Hospital
President, World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM)
Brussels, Belgium


Star Research Presentations
These presentations (previously known as Oral Presentations) will be scheduled, unopposed, for two hours on Sunday, February 21, 2016. They will highlight the top 64 abstracts submitted. The abstracts presented during these sessions will not be on display in the Poster Hall but can be found as ePosters.

Poster Display and Awards Presentations
Abstracts of original scientific research findings will be on display in the Poster Hall, which will be open Sunday, February 21, through Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on February 21, 2016.

In addition to the standard Poster Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to view all posters in an electronic format via computers, screens and other mobile views. These posters will be searchable, and will include enhanced information to provide the most recent critical care research available.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of accepted abstracts and the top case reports will present their submissions with time for questions and answers. Sessions will be moderated by noted faculty and experts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary. Presentations will be held in designated sections of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, February 21 through Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Educational Symposia
Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances that lead to better patient care during these thought-provoking presentations. Each session is presented by leading experts in critical care and offers a thorough analysis of the developments and controversies affecting most ICU environments. These industry sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants and no additional registration is needed to attend.