Category Archives: Education

Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. 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.

Webcast on APP Leadership Development

Register today for the upcoming webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

In an ever-changing healthcare environment, an increasing amount of nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), collectively referred to as APPs, are assuming leadership roles both on clinical teams and in organizations. However, few have been formally prepared through leadership training for the new and expanded responsibilities that come with these positions.

As a result, many APPs are challenged by tasks such as building teams, developing talent, managing change, transforming care, communicating effectively, building a business case, and managing relationships and partnerships. During this webcast, Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, AP, of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, and Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, of Saint Vincent Hospital, will introduce some foundational leadership principles and discuss leadership styles, strategies, and competencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe differences in leadership styles and define qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader
  • Discuss the language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understand the basic principles of change and change management

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Register for Ultrasound Courses

Join the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the two-day critical care ultrasound courses. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in immediate patient management by learning or enhancing point-of-care skills during these comprehensive courses.

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

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio

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.

Webcast on APP Onboarding

Register today for the upcoming webcast, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Bringing new APPs, including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), onboard is a daunting task. Inconsistencies in training processes influence the development of acquired knowledge, skill sets, and professional interaction. Programs that enhance employee satisfaction can minimize attrition and can result in improved patient satisfaction, patient safety, and quality outcomes.

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, will focus on advanced practice provider (APP) onboarding strategies and maximizing competencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the importance of a strong onboarding process
  • Articulate the importance of mentorship and collegial relationships
  • Introduce tracking methods that can be incorporated into performance metrics

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Roy H. Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). Register online today using your Customer ID and password.

Coding and Billing Webcast

Participate in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Understanding How to Code and Bill for Critical Care Services, to be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

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

Register online today. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the definition and required elements for critical care.
  • Define when to report Modifier 24 or 25 on the same day that critical care is provided.
  • Identify what services are not included in critical care and how to bill to report them separately.
  • Recognize the E/M modifiers and how to appropriately use them.
  • Review documentation examples common to critical care.

This webcast is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, administrators, and all other professionals who are involved in coding and billing.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with questions.

Congress Abstract Presentations

Expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients by attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The Society’s annual Congress will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Learn about the latest developments in critical care by attending the always-popular abstract presentations offered at Congress:

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2:45 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 27, 2018.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of abstracts and the top 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 on Sunday, February 25, through Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

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

VCCR: Online Trainee Education

Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR): Adult and Pediatric are designed to better prepare students, residents, and fellows to contribute to the diagnosis and management of the critically ill adult or pediatric patient during their intensive care unit rounds.

VCCR, the enhanced replacement for the adult and pediatric Resident ICU (RICU) programs, features:

  • Professionally-narrated modules with clear learning objectives, engaging case studies, interactive questions, and a list of additional resources for further exploration
  • An extensive topic selection with lectures developed by content experts on each subject
  • SCCM’s efficient, learning management platform, which allows program directors to view and monitor participants’ progress throughout the courses

VCCR: Adult and Pediatric are each made up of 2 different courses. VCCR I focuses on the student level and VCCR II focuses on the resident and fellow levels. Each course is available as a program director-led or a self-directed course.

Visit www.sccm.org/VCCRAdult or www.sccm.org/VCCRPeds for more details including a module listing and to make a purchase.

FCCS: Tropical Diseases Course

The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program has expanded its scope of course offerings with the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course.

Developed to educate learners about the transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of tropical disease, the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course combines the FCCS core curriculum with information needed for the initial identification and care of infected patients who are or may become critically ill. A certificate will be issued to individuals who successfully complete the course.

Course topics include:

  • Chikungunya virus disease
  • Dengue fever
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Hemorrhagic fevers: Marburg and Lassa viruses
  • Leptospirosis
  • Severe malaria
  • Typhoid fever
  • Viral encephalitis
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus infection

For more information and to start planning your course, visit www.sccm.org/tropical or contact the Fundamentals team at fccs@sccm.org or +1 847 827-6869.

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).

Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, part 1 of this series, is now available. Join expert faculty as they discuss 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 June 2018.

Part 2 will be released later this summer.

ICU Liberation Reduced Registration

Reduced registration rates end August 16, 2017, for ICU Liberation and Animation: Operationalizing the PAD Guidelines Through the ABCDEF Bundle, which will be held September 12 and 13, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.  Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Limited seats remain.

Course participants will gain strategies for effective implementation of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines during this two-day didactic and simulation conference, which is held in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Internationally-recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. During the course, participants will:

  • Review the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle
  • Learn strategies for implementation and management of the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Gain a significant hands-on experience by applying strategies during patient scenario simulations
  • Earn 14 continuing medical education credit hours (available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists)

Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s ICU after the conference.

For more information including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

Abstract Submission Ending

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Submit your abstract for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress, which will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Abstracts may be submitted until noon Central Daylight Time on August 2, 2017.

Complimentary Congress registration is available to the first author of each accepted abstract. To be eligible, the first author must also be an SCCM member at the time of submission, in one of the following categories: fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Other benefits include:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other continuing education sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work that will be moderated by faculty in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education, and practice.

Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines, and available awards.

The 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Register today!

Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF), supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Monograph is an electronic publication available in the SCCM store.

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, of Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA, of Stony Brook University, and Peter S. Pang, MD, MS, FACEP, FACC, FAHA, of Indiana University School of Medicine, discuss the diagnosis and classification of ADHF, existing therapies, new guidelines and safety and efficacy data for new and emerging treatment therapies, as well as strategies for individualizing therapy to improve patient outcomes.

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Study Mission to Cuba

The deadline to register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, is approaching. Space is limited and filling up fast. Register by August 1, 2017, for this unique opportunity to earn continuing education, which is scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017. Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

The Study Mission to Cuba will offer participants a unique opportunity to earn continuing education. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture and engage with fellow Cuban medical professionals while learning about the challenges and advances of medicine in Cuba. Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge on the inner workings of healthcare in this country, and attend meetings and meaningful site visits each day.

Topics to be covered include:

  • organizational structure and healthcare delivery systems of various critical care units in Cuba
  • quality processes and how change is implemented to improve patient care
  • cultural differences for patients and families faced with end-of-life decisions
  • resource limitations in caring for critically ill patients
  • and more

Following the study mission is an optional Excursion to Matanzas, from December 9 to 12, 2017. During this excursion, participants will discover local architecture, learn from artisans skilled in ceramics and the creation of hand crafted books, visit the Elian Gonzalez Museum and Castle of San Severino, and much more.

For complete details, please visit the event webpage. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Critical Care Review Course

There is still time to register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult, to be held July 25 to 29, 2017, in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

Attend the full 4.5 days or participate in the day(s) that features relevant topics specific to your learning needs.

  • Tuesday: Respiratory Disease, Mechanical Ventilation, and Noninvasive Support
  • Wednesday: Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thursday: Kidney, Babies, Blood, and Endocrine Emergencies
  • Friday: Infectious Disease, Liver, and Gastrointestinal
  • Saturday: Brain Emergencies and Other Intracranial Problems

Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration will also be accepted on site at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MD, MHPE, MCCM, and Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FCCM, the 2017 MCCRC: Adult will provide the most comprehensive review and update of the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of critically ill patients.

For more information, including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen. It is available as an electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

It 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.