As our website (www.socca.org) notes, the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) was created in 1986 to provide for the specialized needs of intensivists and the broader needs of practicing anesthesiologists. Formerly the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, SOCCA has thus been dedicated to anesthesiologist-intensivists for 30 years. Formally stated, our mission is to foster the knowledge and practice of critical care medicine by anesthesiologists through education, research, advocacy and community. As current president of SOCCA, my job is to help the more than 400 members of our society advance those goals.

How exactly SOCCA accomplishes the above demonstrates the value this society brings to its members and to anesthesiology-based critical care. Certainly, our annual meeting commands the lion’s share of our resources. A look at our 2016 meeting in San Francisco, run by Drs. Daryl Kor, Andrew Steel and Adam Evans, readily showcases SOCCA’s strengths in...

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