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2024 Critical Care Congress

Explore the latest knowledge and research in critical care and network with experts, colleagues, and peers.  

2024 Critical Care Congress

January 21-23, 2024

Phoenix, Arizona

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Discounted rates end soon. Register by December 13 to save!

January 21-23, 2024
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Come together with the largest, most diverse global community in critical care to explore the extraordinary advances being made in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Congress features the achievements and innovation you need to advance your daily practice and ensure the best patient care.

SCCM has been a recognized leader in multiprofessional critical care education for over 50 years. Join thousands of critical care professionals to connect, collaborate, and innovate at this premier event.

Can't attend in person? Congress Digital is available.

Whether you participate in Phoenix or through Congress Digital, the Critical Care Congress offers high-quality education with flexibility to fit your needs as a critical care professional.

View full Congress details and follow #SCCM2024.

Congress Program

Explore the comprehensive and diverse content to be presented at Congress.

Pre-Congress Education

Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. Register in conjunction with Congress and save.

Congress Digital

Can’t attend in-person? Congress Digital is available. Obtain access to recorded sessions from Congress to ensure that you are up to date on the latest knowledge and research. ACE and MOC are available.

Exhibitor, Support, and Advertising Opportunities

Be at the center of it all! Connect, collaborate, and innovate at this premier event.

Hotel and Travel

Take advantage of discounted Congress hotel rates by making your reservation through the SCCM Housing Bureau. The deadline to make reservations at the guaranteed group rate is December 19, 2023.

Sightseeing and Tours

Start planning your time in Phoenix and find information on the Select Member Tour.

Event Info

Find everything you need to know about the 2024 Critical Care Congress. 

Attendee Information

View general information for on site, FAQs, maps, and more.

Student Volunteer Opportunities

Medical students and other students in training have a unique opportunity to volunteer during the 2024 Critical Care Congress. In return, students receive complimentary registration.

Media Registration

Registration, embargo, and other information for members of the media related to the 2024 Critical Care Congress. 

Request an Invitation Letter

Request a letter of invitation for visas or other purposes. 

Can’t join for the in-person experience?

Congress Digital will ensure that you don’t miss valuable educational content.

Purchase Congress Digital and obtain access to Congress programming online for one year, starting January 21, 2023. Congress Digital will feature recorded sessions from concurrent and plenary sessions to ensure that you gain the latest knowledge and research in the field.

▲Learn at your own pace on an easy-to-use platform
▲Save on travel costs and reduce time away from work and home
▲Gain access to more than 120 presentations focused on the latest research and hot topics
▲NEW! Congress Digital offers CE/ACE credits and MOC points.

Better Together Mosaic

Add your photos to the on-site mosaic to help reveal a special message! Submit your photo early for a chance to be featured during the 2023 Critical Care Congress opening session.

Career Showcase

The Career Showcase amplifies job listings to promote greater awareness of these opportunities to Congress attendees.

Abstracts and Case Reports

The submission period for the 2024 Critical Care Congress closes August 2, 2023, at noon Central Time.

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports.

  • Advance your career. Have your work published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal.
  • Expand your reach. Present your work during Congress, which draws over 6000 members of the global critical care community, and receive valuable feedback from experts and peers.
  • Impact critical care. Share your work to increase the knowledge of critical care professionals and improve patient care.
  • Be recognized. Numerous awards are available. Add to your resume and stand out.
  • Attend Congress for free.* First authors of abstracts who are SCCM members and non-full physicians at the time of submission may be eligible for complimentary Congress registration. 
*Complimentary registration will be offered only to the individual listed as the first author of the accepted abstract. This individual must be an SCCM Sponsored Trainee or SCCM healthcare professional level member. Post-training attending physicians, SCCM nonmembers, and authors submitting case reports are ineligible. To be eligible for complimentary registration, the individual must have been an SCCM member before August 3, 2023, and their membership must be active through Congress (January 23, 2024).

Frequently Asked Questions

View the full list here. If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQs, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 or
What are the dates and location of the 2024 Critical Care Congress?
The 2024 Critical Care Congress will be held Sunday, January 21, through Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Pre-Congress educational programming will be held Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20, 2024.
Is continuing education credit offered?
Yes, registrants can earn accredited continuing education (ACE) credit and maintenance of certification (MOC) points. More information will be provided in the fall of 2023 after the program is finalized.
What is Congress Digital?
Congress Digital offers recorded sessions from the Critical Care Congress.
Congress Digital is available online 30 days after the in-person event and is accessed on LearnICU, an easy-to-use online platform. It offers accredited continuing education (ACE) credit and includes bonus ACE content not offered during the in-person event.
Congress Digital is included with in-person registration and is also sold separately for those who do not attend Congress in person. It is another way SCCM ensures accessibility to the education provided at Congress.
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I’m an industry partner. How can I be involved in Congress?
SCCM has many different exhibitor, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities available at the 2024 Critical Care Congress. Information can be found here.
Where can I find information about future Congress dates?
A list of confirmed Congress dates and locations is available at
Is the Critical Care Congress moving to different months and locations?

Dates for the Critical Care Congress will be changing from January or February to March or April. The change in dates will allow the Society to consider additional Congress locations. Congress has been in January or February for many years, but it was initially held in May.

This change was made for three primary reasons:

  1. Congress participation has increased, and only a limited number of cities are suitable for a conference the size of Congress in January or February. Moving to March or April increases the pool of cities that can accommodate a conference the size of Congress.
  2. Rotating through a greater number of cities will provide increased access and more selection for SCCM members and clinicians. Because most SCCM members are in high-population centers clustered around the U.S. Great Lakes and the U.S. East Coast, Congress will be in those areas some years which was not possible without a change in dates to March or April.
  3. The new dates move Congress away from winter months, when ICUs typically see surges of influenza, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases. These surges further stress workforce issues that restrict clinicians’ ability to attend Congress.
A list of confirmed Congress dates and location is at
Will SCCM return to cities that have previously hosted Congress?

SCCM’s priority is making Congress as accessible as possible to as many participants as possible. Congress has many complex needs, and SCCM is dedicated to evaluating all suitable opportunities throughout the United States while working to contract Congress locations five to eight years in advance.

How does SCCM choose where to hold Congress?
Many factors are considered in Congress site selection. These include a city’s accessibility to major transportation centers, whether it has sufficient accommodations for SCCM’s growing number of attendees, and its geographic location near major segments of the SCCM membership.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SCCM is prohibited from political advocacy or lobbying activities. However, the SCCM Council and staff leadership carefully consider social and policy issues to ensure the safety and accommodation of Congress attendees in host cities.
Large-scale event planning requires that locations be selected and legally binding contracts in place years in advance, making it difficult to anticipate or respond to developments in various U.S. cities and states.
SCCM’s top priority is making Congress as accessible, collegial, and enjoyable as possible. SCCM understands that not everyone is able or willing to attend an in-person Congress each year. Regardless of location, the Society will continue to deliver the highest-quality educational programs both in person and online in service of its mission to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.
How does SCCM fulfill its commitment to health equity, diversity, and inclusion in its Congress host cities?
SCCM is committed to engaging with Congress host city officials, local healthcare professionals, and community members to share best practices and foster collaboration to improve health outcomes for all individuals, regardless of their background or identity, by:
  • Working with destination management organizations, hotel representatives, and local chambers of commerce to identify minority businesses that SCCM can collaborate with and support during Congress
  • Planning local community projects that raise awareness of specific issues that align with SCCM’s mission and support minority communities within the host city/state
  • Providing badge ribbons so attendees can show support for minority communities
  • Highlighting the great diversity of participants in the scientific program, in SCCM leadership, and in the broader SCCM volunteer community and membership
What are some examples of previous community outreach projects during Congress?
In 2023, SCCM partnered with Project Homeless Connect and the San Francisco Ambassadors, two groups that work with people who are unhoused. SCCM supported Project Homeless Connect’s Community Day of Service, which provided essential healthcare services delivered with care and dignity to people who are unhoused. Additionally, SCCM provided free Stop the Bleed training for the staff from these two organizations.
In 2020 and 2019, SCCM worked with local organizations to hold free public health events that provided CPR training and other life-saving education.
What are SCCM’s community outreach plans in Phoenix?
In 2024, SCCM will partner with the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) to provide education and resources to those who serve the Native American community. SCCM will provide complimentary access to Fundamentals and ultrasound training at IHS and tribally operated healthcare facilities. SCCM will also provide complimentary registration for selected clinicians to attend Congress and will work with its partners to provide medical supply backpacks to clinicians who travel throughout the Phoenix Area IHS region (Arizona, Nevada, and Utah) providing care in small rural tribal communities.
SCCM and Visit Phoenix curated a list of attractions, shops, restaurants, and other points of interest that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more here.