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Committees and Volunteer Opportunities

Joining SCCM’s Creative Community is an opportunity to advance critical care, improve patient care, and unlock new leadership opportunities.

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Creative Community in Critical CareThe Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) Creative Community in Critical Care is a diverse network of member volunteers who serve on the Society’s many committees, task forces and other workgroups. Members of the Creative Community help advance SCCM’s mission to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients. They are the lifeblood of SCCM and value the importance of working as a team with fellow critical care colleagues, other organizations, and SCCM staff to accomplish goals.

Being part of the Creative Community elevates members’ networking and professional development opportunities by expanding personal and professional networks globally and unlocking new leadership opportunities within SCCM. ​​​

Apply Now to Join the Creative Community!

Apply Now to Join the Creative Community!

Creative Community applications are open all year long but must be submitted by May 1 each year. SCCM Select and Professional members can apply to up to three committee opportunities each year. Committee terms are three years unless otherwise noted. Committee appointments are made each September for the following year.

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You must be an SCCM Professional or Select Member to join the Creative Community. Join SCCM or upgrade your membership​ at any time. 

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In talking with others about SCCM, I am proud that it is a truly multiprofessional organization and all voices are heard... Being involved in an SCCM committee is a great way to continue to give back. It is also a great method to network with other critical care professionals.

Tony Gerlach, PharmD, FCCM
Tony Gerlach, PharmD, FCCM Clinical Pharmacist, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Member since 2000

Creative Community Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Creative Community for Critical Care?
A: The Creative Community for Critical Care is SCCM's body of volunteer members.

Q: How do I become a member of the Creative Community for Critical Care?
A: To become a member of the Creative Community, you must complete a committee application and sign a conflict of interest form.
Q: Why do I need to sign the conflict of interest form?
A: Increased scrutiny by regulating bodies necessitates the need for SCCM to be transparent in its programming efforts and any conflict, real or perceived, needs to be managed.
Q: How does a committee get started?
A: A committee gets started when the SCCM President, Executive Committee, or Council determines that an organized group of SCCM members should study a particular issue or implement a project.
Q: How does the committee interface with the Society?
A: The committee chair prepares an annual report to Council. Any issues, questions, concerns, or action items can be taken to leadership via these reports or through the assigned Council Liaison or staff partner. Critical Connections and the SCCM website may also be used as a resource to inform the membership.
Q: What is the role of the Council Liaison?
A: The Council Liaison is an information and procedure resource for the committee chair.  The Council Liaison should be kept informed of committee activities throughout the year.
Q: What is the role of the staff partner?

A: The staff partner is also a valuable resource, offering the knowledge and expertise to direct the committee and to offer support as needed.
Q: Who appoints the committee Vice-chair and its members?
A: The President-elect appoints the Vice-chair who will then move up to chair the committee the following year. The President-elect may utilize recommendations from the Executive Committee, committee chair, and staff partner.
Q: How often does the committee meet?
A: Most committees meet annually at a face-to-face meeting during the Annual Congress and the remainder of the committee’s interaction is done electronically or via conference call. Occasionally, a committee, task force, or subcommittee may be asked to attend additional meetings. These meetings must be pre-approved by the Executive Vice President/CEO, Executive Committee, or staff partner.
Q: How are arrangements and agendas for the meeting at the Congress handled?
A: The staff partner will contact the chair to determine possible dates/times for the meeting and the length of time and set-up required. The staff  partner will also assist with preparing the agenda and sending meeting notices to the committee members.
Q: How are committee communications and conference calls arranged?
A: The staff partner will implement these functions.
Q: How long is the term of a committee appointment?
A: Most committee terms are for three years, but occasionally an individual is appointed to a one- or two-year term so as to maintain the structure of the committee.
Q: Can I reapply to the same committee?
A: Yes. Committee members are eligible to serve two terms or six years, whichever is less, unless they advance to the Vice-chair position.
Q: Why was I not reappointed to the committee I served on previously?
A: If you were not reappointed to the committee, it is usually because you have served your two-term limit or you did not reapply for a second term, as appointments and reappointments are not automatic.
Q: Why was I not appointed to the committee for which I applied?
A: SCCM is fortunate to have dedicated members who are interested and willing to volunteer. As there are a limited number of slots and a finite number of committees, we are not always able to place members on the committee of their choice.
Q: How much money was budgeted to my committee? 
A: Please contact your staff partner with a request to see a financial statement.

Q. How can I participate in social media as a member of the Creative Community 
A. Learn more about being an SCCM Social Media Ambassador.

SCCM offers a variety of committees, task forces and other workgroups. 

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Once appointed anyone serving as a member of the Creative Community must complete the Volunteer Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest, Assignment of Rights, and Disclosure Policy

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