SubSpecialties  |   April 2017
SOCCA: Because Critical Care Is a Vital Part of Anesthesiology Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Avery Tung, M.D., FCCM
    Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists
Article Information
Critical Care / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   April 2017
SOCCA: Because Critical Care Is a Vital Part of Anesthesiology Practice
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 54-55.
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 54-55.
As our website ( notes, the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) was created in 1986 to provide for the specialized needs of intensivists and the broader needs of practicing anesthesiologists. Formerly the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, SOCCA has thus been dedicated to anesthesiologist-intensivists for 30 years. Formally stated, our mission is to foster the knowledge and practice of critical care medicine by anesthesiologists through education, research, advocacy and community. As current president of SOCCA, my job is to help the more than 400 members of our society advance those goals.
How exactly SOCCA accomplishes the above demonstrates the value this society brings to its members and to anesthesiology-based critical care. Certainly, our annual meeting commands the lion’s share of our resources. A look at our 2016 meeting in San Francisco, run by Drs. Daryl Kor, Andrew Steel and Adam Evans, readily showcases SOCCA’s strengths in education, research and community. In addition to educational sessions on the rapidly changing world of cardiopulmonary and hepatic assist devices, our meeting also highlighted recent results from the United States and Canadian Critical Care Trials group, provided perspective on the emerging use of “big data” to generate clinical inferences and discussed how new health care reform regulations might affect the intensivist. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, we presented a Lifetime Achievement award (Ronald Pearl, M.D., Ph.D.) and a Young Investigator award (Loren Smith, M.D., Ph.D.). Our abstracts addressed topics as diverse as malignant cerebral edema, air embolism after penetrating trauma and multiorgan failure after Vaporub inhalation.
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