The Section on Critical Care, which was founded in 1984, enables members who are primarily interested in pediatric critical
care to meet for the purpose of discussing and developing ideas
and generating programs and projects, which will improve the
care of infants, children and adolescents. Membership in the
Section is open to Fellows, Post-Residency Training Fellows,
Candidate Fellows, Honorary Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Life
Fellows, Dual Fellows, and Resident Fellows of the American
Academy of Pediatrics. Members should be actively involved in
some aspect of the study of life-threatening single or multiple
organ system failure caused by disease or injury. Affiliate members are also welcome including non-physicians such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and physician assistants. The Section
currently has over six hundred members.
The SOCC proposes educational programming
at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, including a professional program open to all members of the Academy and a business meeting limited to Section members and invited guests
only. In addition, the Section implements an annual call for abstracts, presented at this meeting and published in the journal, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The Section serves as an expert
resource to the Academy by providing review and input to official
Each year the Section sponsors the Distinguished Career Award
to honor a pediatric intensivist who has made significant contributions to the field of pediatric critical care. In addition, when
funding is available, the Section sponsors a Critical Care New
Investigator Research Grant. The Section has also provided
grant support to the PedsCCM website website.
Finally, the Section has sponsored Pediatric
Critical Care Coding Courses, a webinar on pediatric critical care coding, and a course on "Preparing for Life in
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