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48th Critical Care Congress
February 17-20, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, USA

View the 48th Critical Care Congress Advance Program. 

The 2019 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.​​ 

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Please note: We have been informed that outside companies are contacting potential registrants by e-mail with offers for Congress registration. The intent is to convince you that the offer is made on behalf of SCCM. This is not true. Registration for the 2018 Congress is handled exclusively by SCCM. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration for Congress, please pass this information on to SCCM Customer Service. Thank you for your help in curtailing this deceptive practice.

Participate in pre-Congress educational sessions. Each session is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. 

Registration Details
Registration for pre-Congress education sessions can be done in conjunction with your Congress registration. Visit the Congress registration page.

If you are already registered for Congress and would like to add a ticketed session, please modify your existing Congress registration. To modify your registration, log in to your account in the SCCM store. Once logged in, select "All Events." Select the "Details" button from the Congress line item. Once on the Congress event page, select "Edit Registration." Select the items you would like to attend and then "Add to Cart." Follow the prompts to complete your transaction.

If you wish to attend a pre-Congress educational session and not attend Congress, please visit the SCCM store and search by the course title to register.

Course prices vary; view the Congress registration form for details.

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.

Registration Details
Registration for pre- and post-Congress educational sessions can be done in conjunction with your Congress registration. Visit the Congress registration page.

If you are already registered for Congress and would like to add a ticketed session, please modify your existing Congress registration. To modify your registration, log in to your account in the SCCM store. Once logged in, select "All Events." Select the "Details" button from the Congress line item. Once on the Congress event page, select "Edit Registration." Select the events you would like to attend and then "Add to Cart." Follow the prompts to complete your transaction.

You must register for Congress to attend these courses at the rates listed below. If you wish to attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session and not attend Congress, please visit the SCCM store and search by the course title to register.

Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16, 2019
Two-Day Courses

Advanced VV ECMO Workshop

Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), in partnership with SCCM, is pleased to announce the Advanced VV ECMO Workshop for respiratory failure.  Led by expert faculty, this two-day workshop covers all elements of managing severe hypoxemic and hypercapniec respiratory failure on VV ECMO.  Topics covered include ventilator management on VV ECMO, troubleshooting the ECMO circuit, anticoagulation management, awake ambulatory ECMO, ECMO as a bridge to transplant, and the growing role of ECCO2R.  Novel and challenging simulation sessions will complement lectures to provide an immersive educational experience.  The workshop will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel. Take advantage of discounted room rates at the ECMO course and book your hotel reservation online
Member Registration Rates:
Early Rate: (by December 19, 2018) $1,550/Physician; $1,150/Healthcare Professional
Full Rate: (after January 16, 2019): $1,700/Physician; $1,350/Healthcare Professional

Nonmember Registration Rates:
Early Rate: (by December 19, 2018) $1,750/Physician; $1,250/Healthcare Professional
Full Rate: (after January 16, 2019) $1,900/Physician; $1,450 Healthcare Professional 

Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
Gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging during this two-day comprehensive course. Participants benefit from skill stations that allow the immediate integration of learned skills using live models. Hands-on learning with a high faculty-to-attendee ratio includes topics such as Cardiac Output, Left/Right Ventricular Function, Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography Examination, Vascular Ultrasound, and Ask the Expert. This course will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
Registration Rate: $1,720

Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
Learn how to perform and interpret pediatric and neonatal ultrasound imaging during this comprehensive two-day course. Expert faculty will review the latest pediatric and neonatal strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant. Topics covered at the skill stations include Vascular and Guided Procedures, Volume Status, Ventricular Function, and Ask the Expert. This course will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
Registration Rate: $1,720

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, including Drug Withdrawal Syndromes, Cytokine Release Syndrome, Inhaled Antibiotics for Respiratory Infection, and the pro/con  discussion, Do Mandates Improve Sepsis Care and Outcomes? Panel discussion provides attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will receive an accompanying book written by the faculty.
​Registration Rate: $699

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 will focus on clinical challenges pertinent to the critical care practitioner and will provide insight into new and controversial topics. The 16 presentations will include Tiered Transfusion Strategies, Metabolic Emergencies, Pharmacologic and Mechanical Support in Pediatric Heart Failure, and Toxidromes of Emerging Street Drugs. Attendees will receive an accompanying book written by the faculty.
​Registration Rate: $699

Disaster Medicine and Toxicologic Emergencies for the Veterinary Critical Care Specialist

This two-day program is designed for veterinary emergency and critical care practitioners, residents, and interns. The first day will feature an in-depth look at common toxicities affecting cats and dogs. The program will emphasize mechanism of action, diagnosis, and treatment of toxins leading to emergency presentation and requiring intensive care and support. Many veterinary intensive care units and emergency departments around the country have been faced with patient management in the face of a natural disaster. The second day of the program will cover common environmental emergencies that occur with fires and hurricanes, as well as facility preparedness, disaster response teams, and unanticipated events based on the experiences of the presenters.

This program is held in conjunction with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Critical Care Congress. This program has been jointly developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care​.
​Registration Rate: $699

Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics is a newly developed Fundamentals licensed course. This two-day course is designed for intensivists and other critical care clinicians who focus on maternal/fetal critical care and those in obstetrics seeking additional education in critical care. Course content covers physiologic changes during pregnancy, specific obstetric medical conditions and their appropriate treatment, maternal cardiovascular resuscitation and airway management of critically ill pregnant patients, and appropriate steps in fetal assessment, delivery, and neonatal management. Skill stations will complement the lectures and allow course participants to practice clinical scenarios.
​Registration Rate: $699

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Full-Day Courses

Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
This full-day course will include didactic discussion and hands-on training for emergent intubation, airway management pharmacology, rescue techniques for maintaining ventilation, and traditional and novel techniques and tools for difficult airway management in the adult and pediatric population. Attendees will also learn from expert faculty at skill stations encompassing laryngoscopy, fiberoptic intubation, surgical approaches to airway establishment, and rescue strategies in adult and pediatric airway management.

​Registration Rate: $499

Bedside Pharmacologic Management
The first- and second-line therapies failed; you are already "off the map" in terms of guidelines, protocols, algorithms, and order sets. Now what? What exactly are the rules and what skills do you need to (safely) break them? Come and explore solutions for common clinical challenges—and misadventures, whoops!— in medication management with leading experts. Topics for this eight-hour course will include toxicology, neurocritical care, pain, agitation, sepsis, and shock. There will be an emphasis on skills and practice that challenge the new and seasoned clinician alike.

​Registration Rate: $499​

Critical Care Quality Summit
The Critical Care Quality Summit is a unique conference focused on peer-to-peer learning led by expert faculty exploring hot topics in critical care patient safety and quality. The intensive care unit (ICU) team is encouraged to attend, as well as individuals who can plan to return to their ICU equipped with innovative implementation strategies. This event will cultivate an environment of learning and sharing with like-minded critical care professionals with the goal of improving bedside care.
​Registration Rate: $699​

ICU Simulation Bootcamp: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Bedside Emergencies and Teamwork
This high-fidelity simulation course is designed for ICU providers in training (senior residents, fellows) and all new-to-practice ICU providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists). Attendees will participate in highfidelity simulated ICU emergencies to improve teamwork, leadership, and situational awareness in acute ICU care. Attendees will practice managing high-risk but infrequent ICU-type conditions in a realistic environment and then debrief the learning experience in collaborative and interactive sessions. This full-day course is not intended for experienced intensivists or for medical or nursing students. This course will take place at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, USA. Round-trip transportation will be provided.

Because this course is held in a U.S. government facility and there is a need for attendee security clearance, registration will be closed January 14, 2019. Attendee identification MUST be provided by January 14. No registrations can be taken after this date or on site. Please click here for more details and to complete the mandatory government security clearance form. (Please open link in Internet Explorer.)
Registration Rate: $499​

Neurologic Monitoring in the Adult and Pediatric ICUs
This full-day course will examine the usefulness and implementation of a variety of advanced neurologic monitoring modalities in the intensive care unit. Indications, choice of appropriate patients, advantages, and pitfalls will be discussed. Topics will include continuous electroencephalography (EEG), including post-processing modalities such as quantitative and amplitude-integrated EEG, brain tissue oxygenation, transcranial Doppler, microdialysis, and neurosonology, including ophthalmic ultrasound, intracranial pressure monitoring, biomarkers, and neuroimaging. A pediatric and adult case-based format will be incorporated, including medical and surgical clinical scenarios in cardiac arrest, stroke, traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and status epilepticus.

​Registration Rate: $699​

SCCM Critical Care Research Methodology and Career Trajectory Foundation Course
Why select a research career in critical care? Critical care is an integral part of hospital care, consuming a substantial proportion of the beds and the budget. With increasing critical care needs and better research infrastructure, critical care research is expected to boom. This full-day course will explore the nature and scope of choosing an academic research career in critical care and will include topics such as identifying funding opportunities, writing grant proposals, finding mentors, and research collaboration. This course is applicable to surgeons, physicians, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, and nurses. It will be predominantly directed toward trainees, residents, fellows, and medical students but is also applicable to early career professionals.

​Registration Rate: $499​

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Half Day Courses

Liver Failure in the ICU

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The liver failure population lends unique challenges to management for the intensive care specialist. As liver  transplantation has expanded both in the United States and abroad, more hospitals are becoming referral centers for patients with liver disease. Featuring a combination of lectures and case studies, this half-day precourse is designed to highlight some of the common considerations in management of liver failure in the ICU.

​Registration Rate: $299​

Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the ICU: State of the Art and Skills for the Intensivist Team
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Providing palliative and end-of-life care in the ICU is one of a clinician’s greatest challenges. This half-day course provides both didactic and experiential learning with multidisciplinary experts in the field. Attendees will learn the latest evidence in the fields of primary and specialty palliative care, as well as techniques to optimize complex discussions with clinicians, patients, and families. Participants will practice these skills in small group sessions focused on difficult conversations and formal family meetings.

​Registration Rate: $299​

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Full-Day Course
​Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the most crucial time - the critical first hours of the patient’s neurological emergency. ENLS covers a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that outlines a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during patient management. Completion of this course and online assessment provides 15 hours of Level 1 CME, ANCC, ACPE and CAPCE credit, and two-year ENLS certification.

This course will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is being handled by Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). To register, email

For questions please contact us at or +1 952 646-2033.

This program is held in conjunction with SCCM's Critical Care Congress. The Society has reviewed the program to ensure its appropriateness for the critical care provider. However, the program is developed and managed by NCS, an independent nonprofit organization, who is solely responsible for its content and management.

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 Luncheon
Critical care fellowship program directors, fellows, members of multiprofessional ICU teams, and those with a passion for critical care education are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors Luncheon to be held Monday, February 18, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center. This year’s luncheon session, titled “Mentorship Programs in Critical Care: A Road Less Traveled,” will address the need for appropriate multiprofessional mentorship programs in critical care education around the world. This luncheon session will allow for an open-forum discussion with attendees about the mentorship experience. Attendees will leave with new ideas and a fresh perspective and will be able to establish and support this area of critical care training in their institutions. This is a ticketed session and requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend.

Advanced Practice Provider Networking Luncheon
Critical care advanced practice providers (APPs) are invited to participate in an APP Networking Luncheon to be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. APPs will have the opportunity to participate in informal networking and roundtable discussions on topics related specifically to APPs and their professional success. Content will be multiprofessional in scope and will cover the most challenging topics for APPs in the critical care setting. This is a ticketed session and requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend. Space is limited.
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.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rana L. Awdish, MD, FACCP
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
A View from the Edge: Creating a Culture of Caring
Critical Care Physician
Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Henry Ford Hospital
Medical Director, Care Experience, Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Robert H. Bartlett, MD

Lifetime Achievement Award
Extracorporeal Life Support in Critical Care
Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCS Ed (Hon)

Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Response to Injury and Stress: A Genomic Storm
Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, USA
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington, USA

Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
A 2020 Vision of CPR: Evolution, Revolution, and Novel Solution
Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Riggs Family Chair in Emergency Medicine, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services / Public Safety Dallas County
Dallas, Texas, USA

Kathryn Rowan, PhD
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Improving Critical Care and Outcomes Using National Clinical Audit
Director of Scientific & Strategic Development and Clinical Trials Unit Director - ICNARC
Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London
London, United Kingdom
Research Snapshot Theaters
Authors of abstracts and 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 from Sunday, February 17, 2019, through Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The top 64 abstracts submitted will be highlighted.

Awards Presentations
Winners of SCCM’s abstract based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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 (ICU) environments. These industry sessions are complimentary for all Congress
registrants; no additional registration is needed to attend.

IMPROVED Critical Care Quiz Show
The 48th Critical Care Congress will feature an updated and more robust Critical Care Quiz Show! Teams will be invited to match wits against each other in elimination and then final rounds. Attendees will gather to watch and root for their teams during the friendly competition, as contestants show off their critical care knowledge in this fast-paced game show.

Critical Crosstalk Theater
This theater features educational sessions and debates focused on critical care topics in the fields of internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, and more. 

Roundtable Discussions
Discuss critical care topics and network with peers on a variety of professional, career, and leadership subjects led by experienced moderators.

Tech Lab
Learn, collaborate, and network with fellow attendees about the latest and best technologies available in your personal and professional life. Technology demonstrations, experiential learning, social media analysis, and talks about a variety of hot technology topics will be featured.

NEW Wellness Lab
The Wellness Lab will give clinicians an opportunity to focus on their own well-being, which is essential for safe and high-quality patient care, as well as reducing stress and burnout. A wellness expert will be on site to lead a variety of sessions on topics including health and wellness habits, relaxation techniques, keys to healthy living, wellness technologies, and meditation techniques. Roundtable discussions will feature members discussing stress and burnout reduction success stories. Experiential approaches to stress reduction will be introduced and demonstrated.