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Future Congress Dates

Mark your calendars! Save the date and plan ahead to attend the Critical Care Congress.

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is making exciting changes to its Critical Care Congress programming, and that includes a shift to more spring dates and first-time locations!

New dates and locations will provide a more inclusive experience that will maximize opportunities to attend.


Year Dates Location
2025 February 23-25, 2025 Orlando, FL     


New Spring Dates and Locations!

‚ÄčAll dates and locations are subject to change.
Year Dates Location
2026 March 22-24, 2026 Chicago, IL
2027 March 14-16, 2027 San Diego, CA
2028 April 9-11, 2028 Baltimore, MD
2029 April 9-11, 2029 Boston, MA


Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQs, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 or
Where can I find information about future Congress dates?
A list of confirmed Congress dates and locations is available at
Is the Critical Care Congress moving to different months and locations?

Dates for the Critical Care Congress will be changing from January or February to March or April starting in 2026. The change in dates will allow the Society to consider additional Congress locations. Congress has been held in January or February for many years, but it was initially held in May.
This change is being made for three primary reasons:

  1. Congress participation has increased, and only a limited number of cities are suitable for a conference the size of Congress in January or February. Moving to March or April increases the pool of cities that can accommodate a conference the size of Congress.
  2. Rotating through a greater number of cities will provide increased access and more selection for SCCM members and clinicians. Because most SCCM members are in high-population centers clustered around the U.S. Great Lakes and the U.S. East Coast, Congress will be held in those areas some years, which was not possible without a change in dates to March or April.
  3. The new dates move Congress away from winter months, when ICUs typically see surges of influenza, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases. These surges further stress workforce issues that restrict clinicians’ ability to attend Congress.

A list of confirmed Congress dates and location is available at

Will SCCM return to cities that have previously hosted Congress?

SCCM’s priority is making Congress as accessible as possible to as many participants as possible. Congress has many complex needs, and SCCM is dedicated to evaluating all suitable opportunities throughout the United States while working to contract Congress locations five to eight years in advance.

How does SCCM choose where to hold Congress?
Many factors are considered in Congress site selection. These include a city’s accessibility to major transportation centers, whether it has sufficient accommodations for SCCM’s growing number of attendees, and its geographic location near major segments of the SCCM membership.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SCCM is prohibited from political advocacy or lobbying activities. However, the SCCM Council and staff leadership carefully consider social and policy issues to ensure the safety and accommodation of Congress attendees in host cities.
Large-scale event planning requires that locations be selected and legally binding contracts in place years in advance, making it difficult to anticipate or respond to developments in various U.S. cities and states.
SCCM’s top priority is making Congress as accessible, collegial, and enjoyable as possible. SCCM understands that not everyone is able or willing to attend an in-person Congress each year. Regardless of location, the Society will continue to deliver the highest-quality educational programs both in person and online in service of its mission to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.
How does SCCM fulfill its commitment to health equity, diversity, and inclusion in its Congress host cities?
SCCM is committed to engaging with Congress host city officials, local healthcare professionals, and community members to share best practices and foster collaboration to improve health outcomes for all individuals, regardless of their background or identity, by:
  • Working with destination management organizations, hotel representatives, and local chambers of commerce to identify minority businesses that SCCM can collaborate with and support during Congress
  • Planning local community projects that raise awareness of specific issues that align with SCCM’s mission and support minority communities within the host city/state
  • Providing badge ribbons so attendees can show support for minority communities
  • Highlighting the great diversity of participants in the scientific program, SCCM leadership, and the broader SCCM volunteer community and membership
What do 2025 Critical Care Congress attendees need to know about traveling to Florida?
Safety in Private Spaces Act
Florida’s Safety in Private Spaces Act makes it a second-degree misdemeanor for people 18 years or older to use restrooms that do not correspond to their sex assigned at birth in state and local government buildings, schools, colleges, and detention centers.
Here is what 2025 Critical Care Congress attendees need to know:
  • Orlando Airport common restrooms are covered by the law, but all Orlando airport restrooms have a private restroom adjacent to the common restroom that is available for anyone, including transgender and nonbinary people, to use.
  • Hotels are privately owned property and not subject to the law.
  • All Orange County Convention Center space contracted to SCCM is exempt from the law.
    • This includes Connections Central (Exhibit Hall), education rooms and meeting rooms, and public hallways near the meeting space inside SCCM-controlled areas.