ICU Volume 8 - Issue 3 - Autumn 2008 - Congress Review

SCCM’s 2009 Congress: Live from Nashville

Learning takes center stage in Music City, where SCCM’s Congress never sounded so good. The Society’s annual Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year, drawing nearly 6,000 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, respiratory therapists, students, veterinarians, and other providers from around the world. You’ll know you’re into something good when you participate in the valuable educational programming included during this five-day event such as:

n Cutting-edge educational sessions

n Hands-on workshops

n Compelling plenary sessions

n Captivating sponsored symposia


Critical care practitioners don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, so it is SCCM’s goal to keep you at the forefront of critical care. The diverse lineup of educational sessions presented at Congress reflects upto- date and evidence-based information and encompasses a variety of topics and tracks that can be tailored to the specific needs of each critical care team member. You also will find more than 150 exhibiting companies, featuring the latest technology, products, services, and career opportunities. With so much in one place, this year’s Congress is certain to be simply the best!



Get your dose of inspiration at Congress. In addition to providing the same level of thought-provoking sessions you have come to expect, this year will showcase SCCM members and their dedication to improving patient-centered care through the culminated efforts of the I AM SCCM campaign.


I am SCCM serves as a forum for members to share their inspiring patient care stories with each other. By sharing their stories, members can exemplify their dedication to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. I AM SCCM is not only a way to recognise members’ accomplishments, but it also unites all members of the multiprofessional team in a way that stimulates thought and leads to powerful advances in critical care.


Tell Us Your Story!

Submit your inspiring patient care story online at You could win FREE tuition to the 38th Critical Care Congress and have your story published in the December 2008 issue of Critical Connections. All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Submit your story today!


Plenary Sessions

Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, worldrenowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:


Peter Buerhaus, PHD, RN

Professor of Nursing

Director- Center for Medicine and Public Health

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD


Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, Maryland, USA


Mark Gladwin, MD

Division Chief

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care,Medicine Department

Director-Hemostasis and Vascular Biology

Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Peter Hackett, MD


Trauma and Emergency Services, Telluride Medical Center

Director- Institute for Altitude Medicine Telluride,  Colorado, USA,

Clinical Director

Altitude Research Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Denver, Colorado, USA


Peter Holbrook, MD, FCCM

Chief Medical Officer

Children’s National Medical Center

Washington, DC, USA


L. Rudo Mathivha, MD

Adjunct Professor

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, The University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa


Paul Rogers, MD

Professor of Critical Care Medicine

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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