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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 SCCM.

Submitting SCCM Council Nominations

All Professional and Select members can respond to the call for leadership and are encouraged to do so.

Submit your nomination by May 15.

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

  Download the SCCM Nomination Policy

Submitting Strategic Planning Proposals

SCCM members play a crucial role in cultivating new ideas and initiatives. Submitting a strategic planning proposal is one way to engage with SCCM and be a part of its mission to improve critical care.

The process for submitting proposals has been revised to increase the probability of acceptance by ensuring that the submitted proposals are appropriately aligned with the strategies outlined by the SCCM Council and are completed with the assistance of staff and volunteer leadership. The revised process begins with the submission of a letter of intent (LOI) for a proposal.

LOIs are accepted year-round and can be completed in the portal. To be considered for the Society’s 2024 fiscal year, LOIs should be received by January 2, 2023. Any proposals received after this date will be considered for the 2025 fiscal year.

Submit a Strategic Planning Proposal 

Download the SCCM Strategic Plan

The Strategic Planning Management Committee (SPMC) will evaluate the submitted LOIs and invite full proposals that meet the criteria. Those selected to submit a full proposal will be assigned a staff partner and a volunteer member of the SPMC to assist in completing the proposal. Through this process, the staff partner and/or SPMC member can advise and guide the submitting individual/team to ensure that the project is feasible and consistent with the mission and vision of SCCM.

Below are some frequently asked questions and background information to support your efforts in generating strong proposals.
Any SCCM member, specialty section, committee, or knowledge education group can submit an LOI.
Submit LOIs through the online submission process. Once logged in, collaborators can be added so others can assist with the completion of the LOI. An LOI can be submitted at any time using the online portal. LOIs 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.
The SPMC will review the LOIs and invite qualifying proposals, which will be due March 1. These proposals will be reviewed, ranked, and submitted to SCCM Council for approval, then submitted to the SCCM Finance Committee for incorporation into the budget, which Council approves in September each year. Submitters will be notified of the proposal’s status after the September Council meeting.
Comprehensive programs that address a topic or issue in one of the ares identified below 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. Ideally, the program should last three to five years and ultimately be self-sustaining or come to a natural conclusion.
  • Workforce and clinician well-being: 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 and improve wellness.
  • Quality improvement: Ideas for quality improvement such as methods to advocate for resources from hospital administration 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. Other initiatives in this area include methods for creating the business case for critical care and training on how to present that to administration.
  • Resource shortages: Strategies to address shortages of such resources as medications, ICU beds, and clinicians, and underresourced ICUs in rural or urban areas in developed countries. Specific examples could include the use of telemedicine, mentoring programs, amending current programming to make applicable to underresourced areas.
Proposals have been funded with budgets ranging from a few thousand to several hundred thousand dollars. Your staff partner will assist with the budget. The budget must be included with the full proposal but is not required for the LOI.
Some of criteria the committee uses to judge each submission are:
  • Value to members
  • Significance of the topic and originality (Is the topic being addressed by other programs or organizations?)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations, including the writing group and impact on SCCM's diverse constituencies
  • Financial viability
  • Feasibility of completion by members and staff

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.

Ask yourself:

  • 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 critically ill and injured patients
  • 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.

SCCM Bylaws

In recent years, those interested in nonprofit accountability and transparency, including policymakers, the media, and the public, have increasingly focused on nonprofit organizations. Legislative reforms have been proposed, and nonprofit organizations are calling on their members to review and strengthen nonprofit governance practices. SCCM has instituted many policies and procedures to ensure effective and transparent governance. It is important for our elected leaders and volunteers to be familiar with these policies and procedures.

  Download the SCCM Bylaws


The History of SCCM and Critical Care

In 2020, SCCM celebrated its 50th anniversary! Explore the history of the Society and its influence on critical care. Head over to to share your favorite SCCM memories, learn more about the founders, and see how far the specialty has come!