Category Archives: Education

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Early registration rates end November 22, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs, or it can be used by fellows to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

New and Exciting Activities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress is drawing near. We have an exciting Congress planned, to include these new and exciting activities!

Critical Crosstalk Theater: Participate in stimulating debates hosted by members of SCCM’s specialty sections.

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 technology topics will be featured.

Exhibit Hall Roundtable Discussions: Network with peers and contribute to conversations on critical care, professional topics, and career topics.

Register early to receive the lowest rates. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

APP Leadership On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, Surgical Critical Care of Saint Vincent Hospital, and Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, Advanced Practice, of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, cover the following topics:

  • Qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader, including differences in leadership styles
  • Language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understanding the basic principles of change and change management

Moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers On Demand can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Focal Seizures CE Series

Making the Connection: Improving ICU Healthcare Teams’ Response and Management of Focal Seizures is a two-part complimentary interactive educational program designed to improve the diagnosis and management of focal seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Part 2 of the series, Multidisciplinary Care of the Critical Care Patient with Seizures, is now available. Join expert faculty as they continue the discussion on current and emerging therapies and strategies to overcome specific epilepsy-related challenges in the critical care patient.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from UCB, Inc., and is jointly provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing medical education/continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through September 2018.

Part 1 of the series, Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, is available in the SCCM store.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service with any questions.

Secure Your Seat for Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses which feature a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats are available for these popular courses.

During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • High-quality education from nationally recognized faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others
  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A review by field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by January 31, 2018, for possible inclusion in the 2019 program.

You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. You may submit multiple sessions for consideration.

For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

The 2019 Congress will be held in San Diego, California, USA, February 17 to 20, 2019. Registration opens June 2018.

Discover San Antonio at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress is quickly approaching! During your stay in San Antonio, make plans to see the sights and experience the unique culture of the host city.

  • Visit the Alamo, the site of a pinnacle battle in 1836 during the Texas Revolution March.
  • Explore the Riverwalk on foot or by open-air barge. The Riverwalk features an assortment of restaurants, theaters, shops, and entertainment.
  • Check out Market Square, which highlights the rich culture of San Antonio and boasts an abundance of family-owned cafes, working artists, and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande.
  • Tour the Spanish Missions, which contain historically and architecturally significant sculptures and other important cultural resources.
  • Take an outing to La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This historic village houses shops, art galleries, and many restaurants.

Discover what makes San Antonio unforgettable. Visit www.sccm.org/SanAntonio for more information.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

APP Webcast On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Vishal Bakshi, PA-C, Chief APP Intensivist of Emory Healthcare, and Deborah E. Stein, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Clinical Program Director, NP Fellowship, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, cover the following topics:

  • Importance of a strong onboarding process
  • Mentorship and collegial relationships
  • Tracking methods that can be incorporated into performance metrics

Moderated by Roy H. Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency On Demand, can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs or it can be used by individuals to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and individual fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the test. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

ICU Liberation On Demand

The latest version of ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand is now available for purchase. Experience all the same didactic sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) live 2017 ICU Liberation and Animation conference, held in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office, an ideal solution for those who are unable to leave the workplace for training.

Learn about implementation strategies and approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team. Internationally recognized faculty present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs.

Videos containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from every session of the live course are provided in a searchable format, so you can access the entire program as if you were there. Once you have purchased ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging into MySCCM.org.

Purchase online using your Customer ID and password for the price of $155 for members ($195 nonmembers). For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Congress Plenary Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

Participants are encouraged to attend the plenary sessions. These thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM
Lifetime Achievement Award
How Critical Illness Affects the Brain … and Vice Versa

Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Rethinking Mentorship

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU

Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution

Kevin Tracey, MD
Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness

Steve A. Webb, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACP, FCICM, FAAHMS
Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective

For more information and to view the Preliminary Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Coding and Billing Webcast On Demand

Understanding how to code for critical care, what services can be reported separately, and how to prepare proper documentation are important for the financial stability and overall success of the provider organization.

In the On Demand webcast, Understanding How to Code and Bill for Critical Care Services from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Deb Grider, CPC, COC, CPC-1, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP, a nationally recognized coding and documentation expert from Karen Zupko & Associates, Inc., reviews these points as well as the rules, tips, and pitfalls to avoid when reporting critical care services and potential missed opportunities for reimbursement that can be costly to your practice.

Once you’ve purchased the On Demand webcast, it can be accessed anytime in your MySCCM account.

Additional coding and billing content will be covered at the 2018 Coding and Billing course, to be held February 24, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, before SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register today.

If you have questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Publication for Patients and Families

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new publication, Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families, covers 13 comprehensive topics and resources in plain language so that patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care. This booklet is perfect for individual family use, to be offered in waiting rooms, or loaned through the hospital library.

Chapters include:

  • Sepsis: What You Should Know
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
  • Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)
  • Life Support Equipment
  • What to Expect When Your Child Is in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • And more

Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families is available for purchase in the SCCM Store using your Customer ID and password. The booklet can be purchased individually at a price of $4 for members ($5 nonmembers), or in packages of 25 at a price of $90 for members ($115 for nonmembers).

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Free CE Opportunity

The opportunity to earn free continuing education (CE) credits will expire on October 31, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph, from the 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

The monograph contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Critical Care Review Resources

If you weren’t able to attend the recent Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult, you can still experience the complete line of adult critical care review solutions. These resources can be customized to meet your goals, schedule, and learning style. Benefit from high-quality educational programming and flexible, effective self-study options.

ENHANCE your learning experience with the Comprehensive Board Prep Bundle: Adult.

  • Save 20%
  • Includes Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult, the Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult book, and both versions of the self-assessment
  • Available in print and electronic versions

LEARN all you need to know with the updated Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult. View didactic sessions from the 2017 course from your home or office.

REVIEW the full gamut of critical care topics in the new edition of Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult.

ASSESS your knowledge with the new edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care.

EVALUATE your critical care knowledge with the Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care, Question Sets 1 and 2.

Visit www.sccm.org/adultreview for product details and to make a purchase.