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Concise Critical Appraisal: Impact of Mentoring in Academic Medicine

Efstathiou et al (PLoS One. 2018;13:e0207634) developed a standardized mentorship program and a series of surveys to evaluate the program’s impact, specifically measuring faculty satisfaction and productivity.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Disch (Crit Care Med. 2018;46:437-441) set out to highlight the benefits of mentorship and its lack in underrepresented groups. Although women and minorities make up an increasing percentage of physicians and medical school faculty, they are underrepresented at higher ranks. She cites a study surveying over 1,100 women faculty members that found that only 54% felt they had a mentor.

Message From the SCCM President on Diversity

Currently, we face extraordinary challenges on a global scale, with multiple crises erupting one after another. Each of them compels us to thoughtfully reexamine the professional and deeply personal aspects of how we work and live within our communities.

COVID-19: What’s Next: A Deeper Dive into Top Sessions

COVID-19: What’s Next, the first-of-its kind virtual conference hosted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), featured the newest research findings, epidemiologic models, and guideline updates for caring for patients with COVID-19 from specialists on the front lines.

SCCM Pod-386 Tele-ICUs

Kyle B. Enfield, MD, and Craig M. Lilly, MD, FCCM, examine tele-ICUs. Dr. Lilly presented on this topic at the Society's 48th Critical Care Congress and here he continues the discussion of tele-ICUs’ function, development, and necessity.

Dr. Lilly is professor of medicine, anesthesiology, and surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

This podcast is sponsored by Philips.

SCCM Pod-380 2019 Presidential Address

Margaret M. Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with SCCM President Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FCCM, about Dr. Bailey's path to becoming SCCM’s 2019 president and about her goals for SCCM during her term as president.

Dr. Bailey is the first SCCM president with an emergency medicine background. She has been actively involved in the Society for more than 20 years.

Dr. Bailey is on the emergency medicine faculty at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

SCCM Pod-360 Alarm and Alert Fatigue in Critical Care

Todd Fraser, MD, speaks with Bradford D. Winters, PhD, MD, FCCM, about alarm and alert fatigue in critical care. Alarm fatigue is the desensitization that clinicians experience to frequent alarms, particularly those that do not provide useful clinical information, or false alarms. Dr. Winters discusses the psychology of alarm fatigue, associated risks, and the growing need to filter alarms to reduce the impact of alarm fatigue on providers, patients, and families without missing true events. Dr. Winters is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and a core faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore, Maryland. Crit Care Med. 2018; 46(1):130-137. Crit Care Med. 2017; 45(9):1481-1488. Released: 2/15/18

SCCM Pod-340 Interview with Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Patrick Kochanek

Ranjit Deshpande, MD, speaks with Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, about his plenary talk at the 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, entitled “The Brain and Hypothermia: From Aristotle to Targeted Temperature Management, the Good Stuff Keeps Coming Back.” Dr. Kochanek was also named this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. In addition to highlights from his session, Dr. Kochanek discusses his background, experiences as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and the future of critical care. Dr. Kochanek is Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has no relevant disclosures.

SCCM Pod-335 SCCM President Ruth Kleinpell Discusses the Year Ahead

Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCCM. Dr. Kleinpell is Director at the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship and Professor in the College of Nursing at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is now the third nurse president of SCCM. Dr. Kleinpell discusses some of SCCM’s new initiatives including the PCOR-ICU Collaborative and Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, as well as goals she would like to accomplish during her tenure as President. Dr. Kleinpell is a board member at the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Critical Care Medicine Board, and American Board of Internal Medicine.

SCCM Pod-303 Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Truth About Consequences, Right Care Right Now and Later

Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Maurene A. Harvey, MPH, RN, MCCM, about her upcoming plenary talk, “Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Truth About Consequences, Right Care Right Now … and Later,” which she will present this February at the 45th Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) is made up of health problems that remain after critical illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Ms. Harvey discusses the latest research and practical interventions to help prevent and manage PICS, including implementing the ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle. Learn more about patient resources for PICS at and visit for information on the ABCDEF Bundle. Ms. Harvey works as a Critical Care Educator and Consultant from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and is a former president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

SCCM Pod-293 Why ICU Clinicians Need to Care about Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Mark Mikkelsen, MD, MSCE, about the article, “Why ICU Clinicians Need to Care about Post-Intensive Care Syndrome,” published in Critical Connections. Dr. Mikkelsen works as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the co-chair of the Society’s new THRIVE initiative, which aims to improve patient and family support after critical illness. In this article, Dr. Mikkelsen and coauthors discuss post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), THRIVE, and the need for a shift toward patient- and family-centered care that emphasizes long-term outcomes and survivorship.

SCCM Pod-284 The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?

Michael S. Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCM, speaks with Daren K. Heyland, MD, FRCPC, about the article, “The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?*” published in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Heyland works as a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University. Additionally, he serves as a Critical Care Physician and Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In this article, Dr. Heyland and coauthors found that one third of very elderly ICU patients died in hospital, many after a prolonged ICU stay while continuing to receive aggressive life-sustaining interventions. These findings raise questions about the use of critical care at the end of life for the very elderly.

SCCM Pod-260 44th Critical Care Congress: SCCM Family-Centered Care Award Winner Shares Experience

Ludwig H. Lin, MD, speaks with Keri Nasenbeny, RN, MHA, Assistant Administrator of Critical Care at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Nasenbeny discusses the multidisciplinary approach her group took to create a patient- and family-centered ICU and shares her insights on their ICU Patient and Family Advisory Council.

SCCM Pod-253 44th Critical Care Congress: Presidential Address

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2015 President, Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FCCM. Dr. Coopersmith is the Associate Director of the Emory Center for Critical Care, and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. In this interview, Dr. Coopersmith discusses his Presidential Address at the 44th Critical Care Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.

SCCM Pod-243 Understanding Sleep in Critically Ill Patients

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Brian Gehlbach, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Gehlbach discusses “Understanding Sleep in Critically Ill Patients,” which he presented at the 43rd Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, California.

SCCM Pod-210 Message from the 2013 President

Society of Critical Care Medicine president Carol L. Thompson, PhD, CCRN, ACNP, FCCM, discusses her professional background as a nurse during an engaging conversation that includes the benefits of Society membership, how to get involved, and SCCM’s international impact. Thompson summarizes, “Part of what I want to make sure as president happens is that every member feels that they can make a contribution, and that SCCM will help support them.” She also stresses the importance of keeping patients at the center of everything we do. Thompson is a professor of critical care nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

SCCM Pod-188 CCM: Patient-Centered Critical Care Reconsidered

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Constantine Manthous, MD, who discusses his article published in the August Critical Care Medicine titled “Patient-Centered Critical Care Reconsidered: Ruminations on Bygone Continuity and Fear and Trembling.” Manthous is an associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and just finished 19 years as the director of the medical intensive care unit and the director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

SCCM Pod-183: Healthcare in the 21st Century

Robert M. Pearl, MD, discusses the state of U.S. medicine as well as the importance of information technology and the future of healthcare reform with podcast editor Jeffrey Guy, MD, MSc, MMHC. Pearl, who presented on this topic during the 41st Critical Care Congress, is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, California.

SCCM Pod-154 Establishing Successful FDM and FCCS Courses, METs

Babak Sarani, MD, is a trauma surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the medical director of the surgical rapid response team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarani serves as a course director for the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) and Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) programs and offers insight into the value of these programs, the road to becoming an instructor and how to establish FDM or FCCS at one's own institution. The discussion then turns to Sarani's paper in the December Critical Care Medicine, titled “Resident and RN Perceptions of the Impact of a Medical Emergency Team on Education and Patient Safety in an Academic Medical Center.”

SCCM Pod-144 Message from the 2011 President

Society of Critical Care Medicine president Pamela A. Lipsett, MD, MHPE, FCCM, discusses her professional background and research interests during an engaging conversation that touches on cutting-edge topics, including quality of life after a stay in the intensive care unit, the future of critical care certification, ethics and "making a science of patient safety." She stresses the importance of SCCM's unique multiprofessional approach and highlights the Society's evolving educational offerings worldwide. Lipsett is a professor of surgery, anesthesiology and critical care nursing at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland.