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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest nonprofit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care.
With members in more than 80 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that ensure excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy.
SCCM's mission is to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.
SCCM envisions a world in which all critically ill and injured persons receive care from a present integrated team of dedicated trained intensivists and critical care specialists. Multiprofessional teams use knowledge, technology and compassion to provide timely, effective, safe, efficient, and equitable patient-centered care.
The Society maintains that the Right Care, Right Now™ is best provided by an integrated team of dedicated experts directed by a trained and present physician credentialed in critical care (an intensivist). Right Care, Right Now™ means the right care is delivered at exactly the right moment to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
SCCM collaborates with many quality and patient safety organizations to help realize the vision of Right Care, Right Now. Learn More
SCCM values and seeks diversity and inclusive practices within the critical care profession and within the SCCM organization. SCCM promotes involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximize engagement across diverse populations. SCCM will provide leadership and will commit time and resources to accomplish this objective, focusing particularly on increasing participation of underrepresented groups. Securing the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients is our goal.
The Society’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has developed a lexicon to assist with engaging in meaningful dialogues and fostering a culture of respect and inclusion. By embracing these terms and definitions, SCCM can contribute to creating a more equitable and just healthcare environment for both patients and clinicians.
View the Lexicon
The expectations for member behavior apply to all members and all Society activities.
SCCM adheres to the strictest nonprofit governance practices. Learn about the Council nomination policy, understand its member structure and bylaws, and view the strategic plan.
Frequently asked questions about membership, education, and more
Meet the 2023 SCCM President and members of its multiprofessional council.
David J. Martin, CAE, is the chief executive officer and executive vice-president of SCCM.
David J. Martin, CAE
As a certified association executive (CAE), Martin has worked closely with the Society leadership to bring professional operating standards and principles to SCCM. He relocated the Society’s headquarters from California to Illinois and instituted the concept of staff and volunteer partnership to improve program development and management. He played a key role in instituting SCCM’s continuous strategic planning process and three-year budget, which has resulted in many new programs for the society’s multiprofessional membership. This has proven a winning combination, with membership more than doubling during his tenure, mirrored by similar increases in revenues.
Martin has sought to develop relationships with other medical and healthcare organizations resulting in numerous partnership activities. He also led the development of the Society’s first international strategy, expanding SCCM’s programs around the globe.
Martin also instituted the Society’s first-ever eStrategy plan, which has provided the organization with an unprecedented level of communication and information management services. Under Martin’s leadership, the Society has provided members with unparalleled services and access to critical information, placing SCCM at the leading edge of association technology management.
Martin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) and Association Forum of Chicagoland. He is regularly invited to speak and write on association management subjects.
Previously, he served as the executive director of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in Park Ridge, Illinois, and was the assistant executive director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), where he served for nearly 10 years. He has also held several positions in the for-profit sector where he utilized his formal education in accounting and business management.
Thank you to all the past presidents who have served SCCM. See a list of past presidents and read their presidential addresses.
Find career opportunities at SCCM. The Society offers a professional, friendly, business casual work environment with a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Increase your exposure within the critical care industry and gain access to decision-makers. Learn about opportunities for sponsorship, advertising, donations, and corporate partnership.
Members of the media can find contact information, recent press releases, and articles about SCCM in the news.
The Critical Care Statistics guide provides statistics on many of the current issues in critical care in the United States. It is intended to be used as a reference in efforts such as advocacy, public relations, and general education.
Learn how the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Thoracic Society (ATS), American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) work together to optimize the care of critically ill and injured patients.
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