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Call for Strategic Planning Proposals

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Greg Martin, MD, MS, FCCM ; Cherylee W.J. Chang, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM ; Lauren R. Sorce, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) play a crucial role in cultivating new ideas and initiatives. Submitting a strategic planning proposal is one way to engage with SCCM and be a part of its mission to improve critical care and are under way. Proposals are due by March 1, 2021.

Members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) play a crucial role in cultivating new ideas and initiatives.

We have collected some frequently asked questions and helpful background information to support your efforts and allow you to generate the strongest proposals possible. We also have provided an insider’s update on improvements coming soon to the strategic planning proposal process.


Start your proposal submission

Proposals for FY 2021 are now closed.  Applications for FY 2022 are due March 1, 2021

Who can submit a strategic planning proposal?
Specialty sections, SCCM committees, knowledge education groups (KEGs), and individuals can submit proposals.
Where do I start?
We are using an online submission program. Once you are logged in, you can add collaborators so others can assist with the completion of the proposal.  Be sure to include your SCCM staff partner who can help you through the process from development to submission. 

If you still have questions, contact SCCM Customer Service at 
When do I start?
Get started early to help cultivate and hone ideas. A face-to-face meeting during the Critical Care Congress is a great time to finalize proposals. (We think this is yet another good reason to register!)
What makes a strong proposal?
SCCM has identified several areas of need that can serve as a starting point. Proposals that address other areas can also be submitted, but focusing on the following topics will give your proposal a better chance of acceptance.
Harnessing technology to standardize data, incorporating data science and analysis of big data, and utilizing telemedicine in critical care
Addressing the evolving workforce, including the expanded critical care team (eg, advanced practice providers and physicians from noncritical care backgrounds) and the need to train, onboard, and provide professional development tools for multiprofessional providers, as well as methods to prevent and manage burnout
Quality Improvement
Ideas for quality improvement such as methods to advocate for resources from hospital administrators to address important patient care needs such as post-intensive care syndrome and implementation of the ICU Liberation bundle (A-F) and pain, agitation/sedation, delirium, immobility, and sleep disruption (PADIS) guidelines
Knowledge and Skills
Continuously updating knowledge and skills by providing consensus statements, microlearning modules, maintenance of certification needs, and developing and disseminating innovative teaching techniques for all ICU team members
Resource Shortages
Strategies to address shortage of such resources as medications, ICU beds, and providers, particularly when the shortage impacts optimal care delivery.
How can I ensure that my proposal is aligned with SCCM’s mission?
SCCM’s mission is to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.
SCCM’s members further this mission through activities that involve diverse representation and a multiprofessional approach.
Ask yourself:

  • Will the project promote the mission and vision of SCCM?
  • Is the project unique?
  • Is SCCM competent to accomplish the project?
  • What is the probability of success?
It also helps to be knowledgeable about SCCM’s organizational guiding principles:
  • Promote a healing, safe, and effective critical care environment for patients, their families, and caregivers wherever critical care occurs across the healthcare continuum
  • Promote the implementation of an integrated team of dedicated experts in the ICU for delivery of the highest-quality, safest, most effective, and most cost-efficient critical care
  • Advocate to patients, the public, and policymakers that critical care is a compassionate, patient-centered discipline
  • Advocate for career pathways in both research and clinical critical care that will attract and retain a quality team of personnel dedicated to improving the care of the critically ill and injured
  • Provide the finest education for healthcare professionals, the public, and policymakers regarding optimal delivery of critical care
  • Promote and support quality research into all aspects of critical illness and injury
  • Promote measurement of outcomes and processes to inform and improve patient care
  • Promote member participation in quality improvement activities
  • Foster development of critical care practitioners and leaders
Good luck and thank you for your commitment as members of SCCM and as clinicians dedicated to improving care!
Looking Ahead: Improvements to the Strategic Proposal Submission Process
The Strategic Planning Committee and SCCM Council are working to improve the process for strategic proposal submissions. These improvements are focused on two areas. The first is the timeline, which will change so that proposals can be submitted year-round to minimize delays. The second is related to broadening the needs analysis. SCCM has surveyed the membership regarding the changing landscape of critical care, emerging trends, and resources or projects of high interest. Look forward to updates coming soon as SCCM continues to improve and find more ways to engage members in this important work.

Greg Martin, MD, MS, FCCM
Greg Martin, MD, MS, FCCM
Greg Martin, MD, MS, FCCM, is a professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also a cochair of SCCM’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Cherylee W.J. Chang, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM
Cherylee W.J. Chang, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM
Cherylee W.J. Chang, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM, is the medical director, neuroscience institute/neurocritical care neurology at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is also a cochair of SCCM’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Lauren R. Sorce, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Lauren R. Sorce, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Lauren R. Sorce, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, is a nurse scientist/APRN in the division of pediatric critical care at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is also vice-chair of SCCM’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Posted: 11/8/2019 | 1 comments

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Hello SCCM Strategic Proposal Leadership,
In March, 2021, we uploaded Application 3559 on Family Contestation of Brain Death Determination. I was hoping we could get feedback on the review of our application.
Please advise.
Most sincerely,
Heidi Flori
9/1/2021 7:18:45 AM