SubSpecialties  |   September 2013
Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA): Opportunities for Critical Care Practitioners
Author Affiliations
  • Brenda G. Fahy, M.D., FCCM
    Society for Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA)
    President
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Critical Care / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   September 2013
Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA): Opportunities for Critical Care Practitioners
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 70-71.
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 70-71.
The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) is an organization comprising critical care anesthesiologists and additional members who have an interest in critical care anesthesiology. Formerly named the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, the name was changed to SOCCA to better represent not only American critical care anesthesiologists, but to better reflect its international membership involvement and opportunities. The focus of SOCCA’s efforts involves supporting the particular needs of critical care anesthesiologists who have diverse backgrounds and expertise that encompass the care of patients in the O.R. as well as critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The members of SOCCA are well aware of the opportunities and challenges associated with the practice of critical care medicine – as well as the unique value of combined anesthesiology and critical care medicine training to critically ill patients. Critical care physicians, with their specialized training and abilities, will be needed to treat the highest-acuity patients whether in a “traditional” ICU or other hospital setting. The demand for critical care physicians is expected to continue to increase in the United States and elsewhere, leading to a predicted resultant shortage of such physicians.
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