46th Critical Care Congress
January 21-25, 2017
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The 2017 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 46th Critical Care Congress Program and Exhibition Guide.

View the full schedule online, including sessions and business meetings.


 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, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017

​ ​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 kidney classification, diagnosis, physiology, treatment, and best practices. The second day will address blood product selection, canine and feline screening for donors, and a year in review of emergency critical care.

ACCP/SCCM 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 pharmacy professionals who are preparing for the Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination administered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in the spring and fall of 2017. Developed and presented by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, the course will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge domains covered in the critical care specialty.

​Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care ​Enhance and update your critical care knowledge by attending this two-day multidisciplinary course, which will highlight a variety of topics applicable to the intensive care unit setting. The interactive format will include presentations on select topics, such as seizure and acute intracranial hypertension management, mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, sepsis, liver transplant, and a debate on fluid management in septic shock.
​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 with panel discussions and pro/con talks will focus on clinical challenges immediately pertinent to the critical care practitioner and will provide insight into new and controversial topics. This year, topics will include updates and cutting-edge approaches in the following four areas: infections, surgical developments, technology, and the specialized pediatric intensive care unit.
​​ECMO Management Workshop

Held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support OrganizationELSO

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 take place at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center (approximately a 5 minute walk).

Saturday, January 21, 2017 

Half-Day Course​ ​
Adult Multidisciplinary ICU Simulation Bootcamp

This course is intended for multidisciplinary ICU providers in training (ie, senior residents in ICU tracks, ICU fellows, critical care advanced practice fellows and ICU registered nurses), and for all new-to-practice ICU providers including advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists. This course is not intended for practicing intensivists nor for medical students or nursing students. This course will take place at the University of Hawaii Translational Health Science Simulation Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Round-trip transportation from the Hilton Hawaiian Village will be provided.

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

This course will include short, high-yield didactic and hands-on learning for difficult airway assessment, direct and video laryngoscopy, extraglottic device placement and removal, and percutaneous and surgical cricothyroidectomy.

​Fundamentals Faculty Academy ​This single-day course will provide intensivists and other intensive care unit clinicians an overview of how to coordinate and teach Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS), and Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) licensed courses. 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 best practices for course administration, demonstrate strategies for successfully providing the course across a variety of environments, and discuss different adult learning principles for engaging participation. Course participants will also be given the opportunity to practice these strategies by participating in skill stations for each of the Fundamentals courses. The registration fee for this course includes complimentary access to SCCM’s FCCS, PFCCS or FDM self-directed course and the accompanying course ebook.  
​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 intensive care unit cardiovascular monitoring. Case-based scenarios on cardiogenic shock and septic shock will be covered.
Ho‘ola hou (Revive): Resuscitation Officers Training Program (Code Blue and Medical Emergency Teams)

This course will present exciting new science and practical tips and tricks for advanced life support, code blue committee and rapid response team leaders to effectively implement the 2015 American Heart Association guidelines. Innovative tools for predicting cardiac arrest and resuscitation events, improving code blue documentation, videotaping and debriefing events and avoiding medicolegal risk will be discussed and debated. In collaboration with the Citizen CPR Foundation, global experts in resuscitation science will rub elbows and brainstorm with participants in small groups to help them solve their hospitals’ code blue and life support certification and training challenges. Come share your challenges and solutions in the safe and friendly Hawaiian tradition. (Hawaiian shirts recommended.)

​Liver Failure in the ICU: Key Concepts and Management Principles ​This course is designed to provide the practicing critical care provider an overview of basic and advanced management principles of the critically ill patient with liver disease. Participants will acquire knowledge of the manifestations of acute, chronic and acute-on-chronic liver failure, derangements in physiology associated with liver disease, the intricacies of crosstalk between the liver and multiple organs and the evolution of paradigms of care for hepatic failure and critical illness.
​Nutrition Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside

​Held in partnership with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

This course will focus on cutting-edge investigations in the field of critical care medicine and nutrition that are expected to have clinical impact at the bedside in the intensive care unit. The course will address areas of clinical guidelines and research focused on safe and effective care and improvement in patient outcomes. Scientific rationale for the recent changes in the critical care nutrition guidelines of critically ill adults and children will be discussed, along with implementation strategies for bedside application.

​What You Need to Know to Manage the Neurologically Critically Ill Patient ​This course will evaluate diagnosis and treatment options for neurologic illnesses, review the current neurologic guidelines and pathophysiology to optimize care of the neurologically injured patient, and discuss methods to facilitate prognostication of neurologic injury.

Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26, 2017 ​

Full-Day Courses​ ​
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. The registration fee for this course includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. This course will take place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

​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. The registration fee for this course includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. This course will take place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.



 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 Program Directors Breakfast
Critical care fellowship program directors are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors Breakfast, to be held Monday, January 23, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. This year’s breakfast will address educational aspects of integrating palliative care into the management of the critically ill patient. The results of a survey administered to Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) critical care fellowship program directors and critical care fellows will be reviewed. The role of palliative care in the intensive care unit will be summarized by an expert in palliative care, and integration of palliative care into the educational paradigm of critical care fellowship programs will be reviewed from the perspectives of program directors and their fellows. 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:

John C. Alverdy, MD, FACS
Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery
Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, MCCM
Founding Director, Emory Critical Care Center
Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology
Emory University School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Critical Care Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director of Research, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM
Ake N. Grenvik Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Vice-Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

John C. Marshall, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS
Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Attending Surgeon and Intensivist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Chair, International Forum for Acute Care Trialists
Secretary General, World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine
Vice-Chair, International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nalini Nadkarni, PhD
Professor of Biology
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Jason A. Roberts, PhD, B Pharm (Hons), B App Sc, FSHP
Director, REDUCE Centre for Research Excellence
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy & NHMRC Career Development Fellow,
The University of Queensland
Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, for two hours on Sunday, January 22, 2017. The top 64 abstracts submitted will be highlighted.

Awards Presentations
Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on January 24, 2017.
Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of selected 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, January 22, through Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
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 intensive care unit environments. These industry sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants; no additional registration is needed to attend.