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December 21, 2015
The Canadian Critical Care Society was incorporated in 1978 by a small group of physicians who were united in their care of the sickest of the sick. Long before the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognized Critical Care as a discipline, this dedicated group led a vision of multidisciplinary care where teamwork was essential to understand and use the technology needed to care for the critically ill in this special environment called an intensive care unit. In keeping with Canadian values, intensivists came from different training backgrounds but shared their knowledge and expertise usually within mixed medical surgical ICUs.
Within 10 years this group had worked with the RCPSC to gather educators who set the standards for training new intensivists while developing the first subspecialty training programs for both adults and children. Individuals interested in research formed the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, and quickly Canadians became world leaders in generating the evidence on how best to care for ICU patients. Over the past 25 years we have seen the rise of special interest groups within the Canadian Critical Care community. These include the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation, the ICU Collaborative, the National Acute Critical Events Simulation Program, in addition to groups with an interest in caring and studying our neurosurgical and cardiac surgery patients, and scientists interested in critical illness translational biology. Clinically we have expanded our care beyond the walls of the ICU, we have learned to be careful with our technology and we are starting to understand the long-term impact of critical illness on our patients and their caregivers.
For a relatively young specialty we have come a long way. Today there are over 800 physicians who are listed as Critical Care Fellows of the RCPSC. Unfortunately only a portion of these physicians maintains membership in our Society. With growth has come fragmentation, partially due to the loss of a ‘national’ meeting that occurred when the RCPSC no longer hosted scientific meetings, but also a result of individual needs and interests. As your new president I am fortunate to have been involved in many aspects of our critical care life. From science to education to leadership I see the value in bringing us together. As we look towards hosting the World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care Societies in Vancouver 2021 it is my hope that we can show the international community what unites us all: a genuine wish to support our patients and their families through this most challenging illness or injury.
The executive and board of the CCCS will be working within our community to engage you in discussions that will provide value to your practice and sustain your learning. We have heard your concerns about manpower and will be surveying the membership to better understand our current and future state. We have heard the concerns around provision of best end of life care and will be advocating on behalf the membership. We know that sustaining current evidence based knowledge is important so we will be developing web-based education activities for maintenance of competence while continuing to support the Canadian Critical Care Review Course.
Today our membership includes not only physicians training or practicing critical care medicine but also colleagues such physiotherapist and pharmacists who also care for the critically ill. By engaging all members of our community we hope to provide a unified voice for the work we do. We look forward to your input and feedback as we move through the next year. By participating in the Google group or directly emailing us your thoughts and concerns we can collectively continue to provide outstanding care for our very ill patients.
Alison Fox-Robichaud, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Int Med, Crit Care)
President, Canadian Critical Care Society
World Congress of the Intensive and Critical Care Medicine
CCCS has won the bid to host the 2021 WFSICCM!
Critical Care Canada Forum 2015
2015 Presentations now online!
See the 2015 Award Winners here