You will find suggestions and guidelines below to assist you in planning for your course. Detailed timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists and forms are provided to site coordinators/directors by SCCM after course dates are set. The Institutional Relations Team at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an existing course site or have previously held an PFCCS course, login to the Fundamentals Portal to purchase/renew a license, set course dates, purchase books, document faculty, and request participant certificates.
If you are a new PFCCS site begin the process by submitting a PFCCS Course Application using the interactive PDF form.
In the live instructor-led PFCCS Course, the Course Director, with the assistance of the Course Coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc.). Provision of CE/CME credits is also a Course Director/Coordinator responsibility.
The first time a site or Course Director offers a course, Course Consultant mentorship and approval is required.
Selection of a Course Consultant is the site’s responsibility. If problems are encountered, please contact the PFCCS Institutional Relations Manager at SCCM headquarters.
The Course Consultant may request an honorarium, not to exceed $1,000. The Course Director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FCCS Program Committee, the SCCM Council, or the SCCM Executive Office.
Travel expenses for the Course Consultant and any visiting lecturers will be reimbursed by the site.
The Course Director must be an approved PFCCS Instructor who has taught in at least two courses in the previous two years.
The Course Coordinator will provide administrative, organizational, and other types of support. There are no other requirements for the Course Coordinator.
Each course must have two approved instructors (may include the Course Director). All other lecturers may be clinical experts and associate instructors from a variety of areas and professions (e.g., nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and other specialist physicians).
Skill stations may be operated by non-PFCCS trained personnel, but integrity must be assured by the Course Director and the instructors.
For the initial course to be presented, the Course Director and Course Coordinator will work under the direction of a Course Consultant who will mentor them with organization and administrative issues during setup, and personally evaluate the initial course presentation.
- When planning and administering an PFCCS course, please use the following as a checklist.
- Purchase a course license.
- Identify course dates.
- Submit course application via the Fundamentals Portal.
- Order copies of FCCS textbook (one per participant).
- Submit payment for license and textbooks to SCCM.
- SCCM forwards course materials to approved Course Director/Course Coordinator.
- Conduct course.
- Submit final course data (e.g., attendee test results, certificate requests, faculty listing) to SCCM via the Fundamentals Portal.
- SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution.