Apply for Pharmacist Traineeship

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Critical Care Concentrated Traineeship.

During this 5-month, ACPE-accredited educational experience, trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that accelerates their ability to be the medication expert on interdisciplinary teams to optimize the safety, quality and care of critically ill patients.

The deadline to submit applications is October 10, 2017.

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 or 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 or contact the Fundamentals team at 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 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!

Discovery Call for Proposals

Discovery, the Critical Care Network, is encouraging members to submit proposals for review and discussion at upcoming Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings provide an opportunity for investigators to present clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment. For this call for proposals, accepted proposals will have the opportunity to present at either the Fall or Winter Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Fall meeting is being held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 8 and 9, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland, while the Winter meeting will be held on February 25, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, during SCCM’s Annual Congress. Members may also participate virtually by videoconference for both of these meetings.

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Investigators will be notified of the status of their submission by mid-October. Please use the following link to submit proposals:

The investigator-initiated proposals are a unique opportunity to receive valuable peer feedback, network with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Discovery Steering Committee members, and solicit additional participant sites. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Discovery Steering Committee. The investigators of the highest-ranked proposals will have an opportunity to present their proposals virtually or in person via PowerPoint presentation followed by questions. Those investigators invited to present can do so virtually and do not need to travel to the meetings. The proposals that are not selected for live presentation at the Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings will receive valuable feedback; the abstracts will be shared with the Discovery Steering Committee with the opportunity to solicit additional study sites.

The peer review, feedback, additional study sites, and the letter of support on behalf of the SCCM Discovery Steering Committee will greatly increase the chance of your study obtaining funding, being published, and helping critically ill patients.

Criteria for Application:

  • A minimum of two sites is required (a multi-institutional study)
  • The research plan (questions 6-16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than six pages. The research plan includes specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies (where applicable), and research design and methods.
  • The research plan should describe any assistance requested from Discovery (i.e., generation of datasets, data analysis, study sites, etc.)
  • It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered non-publishable by the study’s investigators, will be presented to the Discovery Steering Committee within six months of study completion.
  • The Discovery Steering Committee should review all manuscripts resulting from the study prior to submission.
  • All study investigators must submit any conflicts of interest.
  • Intellectual property will be protected, and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

If you have questions, please contact

Examining Angiotensin II

Vasodilatory shock that does not respond to high-dose vasopressors is associated with high mortality. Khanna et al therefore investigated the effectiveness of angiotensin II for the treatment of patients with this condition.

They found that angiotensin II effectively increased blood pressure in patients with vasodilatory shock that did not respond to high doses of conventional vasopressors.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

Pediatric Nutrition Support Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recently released guidelines addressing nutrition support therapy in the critically ill pediatric patient.

Titled “Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Pediatric Critically Ill Patient: Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,” the material was published in the July 2017 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

“The guidelines offer basic recommendations that are supported by review and analysis of the current literature and a blend of expert opinion and clinical practicality,” notes lead author Nilesh M. Mehta, MD. These guidelines are intended for use by all healthcare providers involved in nutrition therapy of the critically ill child, primarily physicians, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.

Guideline findings include:

  • There is a significant gap in proper nutritional interventions, particularly among malnourished pediatric patients
  • Early intervention makes a difference
  • The timing and method of nutrient delivery is important
  • A skilled nutrition support team is a key differentiator
  • Ongoing monitoring is critical to avoid unintended caloric under- or overfeeding
  • Determining how much nutrition is needed is an important factor

Members and nonmembers alike can access these and other SCCM guidelines for free by visiting or by downloading the Guidelines App.

Research Grants

The deadline to apply for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Research Grants is August 1, 2017. Applications are being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers are encouraged to apply; grant support will begin in 2018.

The Society offers several funding opportunities through the SCCM Research Grants for critical care professionals seeking support for their research that helps advance and improve clinician understanding of critical illness and patient care.

Funding will be provided by the following grants:

  • SCCM-Weil Research Grants, including up to two grants of $50,000 each
  • Discovery Research Grants, for a total of $100,000

To begin the application process for a grant, log in to, and click on “Submit an application for SCCM Research Grants” located in the right column.

Help spread the word and make sure to share these opportunities with your colleagues. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the SCCM Research Grants.

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

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.

Evaluating Transfusion Strategies

Cancer patients are at increased risk of septic shock. Therefore, Bergamin et al set out to assess whether a restrictive strategy of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion reduces 28-day mortality when compared with a liberal strategy in cancer patients with septic shock.

They observed a survival trend favoring a liberal transfusion strategy in cancer patients with septic shock when compared with the restrictive strategy.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • Innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Visit for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

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