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Apply to serve on SCCM's Council and understand the rules, strategic plans, and history of the organization.
Incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) adheres to the strictest nonprofit governance practices. Learn about the council nomination policy, understand its member structure and bylaws, view the strategic plan and chart the history of critical care and the Society.
All SCCM voting members are able to respond to the call for leadership and are encouraged to do so.
Council nominations are now open!
Council terms are for three years and consist of both at-large and designated seats. Designated seats have been created so that Council will always have input from the major specialties. Designated seats have been assigned to Anesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Neuroscience, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery sections. An additional designated seat, to represent the other specialties, was established as the collective seat.
Election for designated seats is staggered, allowing for continuing the sustained experience and memory of Council deliberations as well as promoting fresh perspectives in the governance of the Society.
The Nominations Policy suggests that each section should nominate at least two and (usually) no more than three willing candidates to fill a designated seat. Nominations for the designated seats will also be entertained from the general membership. Nominations for the at-large seats can come from the sections or general membership.
Meet the Current SCCM Council
The committee uses many criteria to judge each submission. Some of these criteria are:
Value to members
Significance of the topic and originality (Is the topic being addressed by other programs or organizations?)
Multidisciplinarity and diversity of the writing group
Whether the proposal would impact the multidisciplinary and diverse constituency of SCCM
Feasibility of being completed by members and staff
SCCM has identified several areas of need that can serve as a starting point for LOIs. LOIs that address other areas can also be submitted but focusing on the following topics will increase the likelihood of acceptance.
Technology: Harnessing technology to standardize data, incorporating data science and analysis of big data, and utilizing telemedicine in critical care
Workforce: Addressing the evolving workforce, including the expanded critical care team (e.g., advanced practice providers and physicians from noncritical care backgrounds) and the need to train, onboard, and provide professional development tools for multiprofessional clinicians, as well as methods to prevent and manage burnout
Quality improvement: Ideas for quality improvement such as methods to advocate for resources from hospital administrators to address important patient care needs such as post-intensive care syndrome and implementation of the ICU Liberation Bundle (A-F) and pain, agitation/sedation, delirium, immobility, and sleep disruption (PADIS) guidelines
Knowledge and skills: Continuously updating knowledge and skills by providing consensus statements, microlearning modules, maintenance of certification needs, and developing and disseminating innovative teaching techniques for all ICU team members
Resource shortages: Strategies to address shortages of such resources as medications, ICU beds, and clinicians, particularly when the shortage impacts optimal care delivery
An LOI can be submitted at any time using the online portal. Those received after January 2 will not be considered for the upcoming fiscal year (beginning October 1) but instead will be held until the following year. SCCM encourages early submission to allow more time for full proposal development and assistance by SCCM staff and/or SPMC members.
SCCM’s mission is to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients. SCCM’s members further this mission through activities that involve diverse representation and a multiprofessional approach.
Will the project promote the mission and vision of SCCM?
Is the project unique?
Is SCCM competent to accomplish the project?
What is the probability of success?
It also helps to be knowledgeable about SCCM’s organizational guiding principles:
Promote a healing, safe, and effective critical care environment for patients, their families, and caregivers wherever critical care occurs across the healthcare continuum
Promote the implementation of an integrated team of dedicated experts in the ICU for delivery of the highest-quality, safest, most effective, and most cost-efficient critical care
Advocate to patients, the public, and policymakers that critical care is a compassionate, patient-centered discipline
Advocate for career pathways in both research and clinical critical care that will attract and retain a quality team of personnel dedicated to improving the care of the critically ill and injured
Provide the finest education for healthcare professionals, the public, and policymakers regarding optimal delivery of critical care
Promote and support quality research into all aspects of critical illness and injury
Promote measurement of outcomes and processes to inform and improve patient care
Promote member participation in quality improvement activities
Foster development of critical care practitioners and leaders
No, proposals for Congress sessions follow a different process and are not considered by the SPMC. Learn More
In recent years, nonprofit organizations have become an increasing focus of those interested in nonprofit accountability and transparency, including policy makers, the media, and the public. Legislative reforms have been proposed ,and nonprofit associations are calling on their members to review and strengthen nonprofit governance practices. SCCM has instituted many policies and procedures to insure effective and transparent governance. It is important for our elected leaders and volunteers to be familiar with these.
Please let us know who among your colleagues is ready and willing to serve critical care at the Society leadership level. Self-nominations are welcomed. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Hughes, CAE
Specialty sections, SCCM committees, Knowledge Education Groups (KEGs), and individuals can submit strategic planning proposals. Applications for FY 2022 are due March 1, 2021. Learn More