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About SCCM

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that ensure excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.

SCCM's mission is to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.

Envisioned Future
SCCM envisions a world in which all critically ill and injured persons receive care from a present integrated team of dedicated trained intensivists and critical care specialists. Multiprofessional teams use knowledge, technology and compassion to provide timely, effective, safe, efficient, and equitable patient-centered care.

Right Care, Right Now
The Society maintains that the Right Care, Right Now™ is best provided by an integrated team of dedicated experts directed by a trained and present physician credentialed in critical care (an intensivist). Right Care, Right Now™ means the right care is delivered at exactly the right moment to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Diversity Statement
SCCM values and seeks diversity and inclusive practices within the critical care profession and within the SCCM organization. SCCM promotes involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximize engagement across diverse populations. SCCM will provide leadership and will commit time and resources to accomplish this objective, focusing particularly on increasing participation of underrepresented groups. Securing the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients is our goal.

Standards of Professional Conduct
The following outlines the expectations for member behavior and is gathered from a variety of Council and member approved documents including the Bylaws, Strategic Plan, and various policies contained in the Policy Manual.  It applies to all members and all Society activities. 
SCCM is committed to creating a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all members and staff and is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. SCCM does not tolerate harassment in any form.
SCCM members commit to:

  • Cultivating and promoting a harassment-free environment.
  • Ensuring an environment of inclusivity.
  • Behaving ethically, honestly, and compassionately.
  • Demonstrating leadership. 
  • Achieving the best possible outcome for each patient.
  • Serving patients, their families, and the public.
  • Promoting care delivery by integrated teams of dedicated experts.

Should a member be found to have violated these commitments, he/she  may be expelled, suspended or censured based on a good faith determination by the Council, or a committee or a person authorized by the Council to make such a determination, that the member has engaged in conduct materially and seriously prejudicial to SCCM’s purposes and interests. The Council may give the member an opportunity to be heard, either in person or in writing at its discretion, prior to such action becoming final.

Membership in SCCM offers numerous opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Learn more about the Society's structure and governing principles as well as the formation and history of the organization.

Meet the Society's leaders, contact staff and find SCCM career opportunities.
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Generous individuals, corporations and foundations can support SCCM's mission in a variety of ways.

SCCM works with many other organizations to achieve its mission to improve patient care.

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