CEO’s Message: 2020 Congress Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 49th Critical Care Congress closed earlier this month with just over 2,100 submissions. The 2020 Congress will take place February 16 to 19, 2020, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

After many years of very smooth activity, this year we experienced system performance issues as we struggled to handle the last-minute abstract volume. Because of this, we extended the submission deadline by four extra days. After the dust settled, the number of abstract submissions for the 2020 Congress in Orlando was very strong, only slightly outpaced by the 2017 Congress in Honolulu. Since abstract submissions reliably predict total Congress attendance, we are planning for a full house in Orlando.

David J. Martin, CAE
David J. Martin, CAE

To celebrate Critical Care Week, this year we are partnering with several other organizations to host their sessions and activities, including the biannual XIII Congreso Panamericano e Ibérico de Medicina Crítica y Terapia Intensiva meeting of the Pan American and Iberian Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care Societies. When general registration opened on August 5, we also launched a Spanish-language web page designed specifically to assist these individuals in making plans to attend. During Congress, the Federation will be hosting concurrent Spanish-language sessions in two session rooms dedicated to this program, as well as a Spanish-language Research Snapshot Theater in the exhibit hall.

Overall, the program is in excellent shape. Many new or improved activities are planned. If you have not already registered and booked your hotel, I advise you to do so now to ensure you get your top choices in pre-Congress educational sessions and housing. I hope to see you in sunny Orlando next February!

Select Member Insider News: 2020 Morocco Study Mission

Hosted by World Learning

Connect with critical care specialists in Morocco as part of the SCCM delegation, scheduled for March 15 to 21, 2020. Led by SCCM President Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FCCM, the program will give you a unique opportunity to learn about the state of critical care medicine in this developing country in North Africa. Since 2015, Morocco has been in the process of building over 30 hospitals, including five university hospitals. The SCCM delegation will have the opportunity to learn how this advancement will transform the challenges faced today by Morocco’s growing healthcare system.

Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and physician assistants. The deadline to register is October 18, 2019. Space is limited.

Select Member Insider Benefit: Congress Tours

SCCM has arranged three exciting Select Member Tours while you are at Congress in Orlando. These exclusive tours are available only to SCCM Select Members and only those who are registered for Congress.

Register for the SeaWorld Animal Hospital Tour and Animal Experience and learn all about SeaWorld’s rescue efforts when you tour the North Support Rescue Center. Then go behind the scenes at Shamu Stadium during this first-of-its-kind backstage opportunity.

Take a private tour of the Kennedy Space Center led by a veteran astronaut. After the tour, the American hero will join the group for a relaxing, private lunch in the Apollo/Saturn V Conference Center, which includes an incredible view of the launch pad and 363-foot moon rocket, one of the most complex vehicles ever built.

Or help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses through the Give Kids The World Village – VolunTour Experience. Volunteering at Give Kids The World Village inspires hope, creates priceless memories, and helps these children and their families celebrate and have fun. A variety of volunteer opportunities will be available for attendees, ranging from meal service to attraction operators. Your registration fee will be donated.

Spots for these tours are already going fast so be sure to register soon!

About SCCM

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 100 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.

Visit our website to learn more!