Join the SOCC today.  Enhance your career by helping children.

The SOCC needs your membership and support. We do amazing things for children and their families and need your help to fight for key advocacy issues such as access to care, pediatric research, advancing pediatric drugs and devices, and reduction of medical errors and improved patient safety.

We need your help to amplify our voice on key advocacy issues. In the SOCC, you can:

  • Add your voice to the PCCM community when you post critical care messages using #PedsICU
  • Represent the SOCC at the AAP’s annual Legislative Conference and on Capitol Hill and learn how to better navigate the legislative process and strengthen the collective voice for kids. The Section awards $1,000 to a pediatric critical care fellowship trainee SOCC member each year
  • Partner with the AAP Washington, DC office by becoming an AAP Key Contact for the SOCC
  • Join the SOCC Advocacy Subcommittee and help coordinate systematic and timely advocacy on issues relevant to pediatric critical care such as World Sepsis Day
  • Access member-only content in the twice-annual AAP Academic and Subspecialty Advocacy Report
  • Collaborate on projects with other organizations such as the Pediatric Critical Care Colloquium, Society of Critical Care Medicine, World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, Lurie Children’s Hospital on projects such as the joint SOCC‐Colloquium
  • As an SOCC trainee, access an annual advocacy scholarship to attend the AAP Legislative Conference

Policy Statements
We develop life-saving policies and guidelines that are published in Pediatrics and address critical care needs for over 74 million children in the US. We also review other draft AAP policy statements in progress. Some examples include:

  • Development of a joint policy statement with Society of Critical Care Medicine and the AAP Committee on Hospital Care on PICU admission, discharge, and triage
  • SOCC Scientific Abstract & Educational Program during the AAP National Conference & Exhibition including programming for trainees, practice interviews and a job fair
  • Cosponsorship of the Pediatric Critical Care Colloquium
  • Cosponsorship of the Pediatric Critical Care Summit of the Americas
  • Management of Pediatric Trauma
  • Pediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Guidelines for Developing Admission and Discharge Policies for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Brain Death Determination Guidelines

We have access to the latest, high-quality information and education at heart of pediatric Critical Care. Other engagement opportunities include:

  • PREP® ICU Online Specialty Self-Assessment– only $190 with SOCC membership (includes a free trial)
  • MOC Part 4 credit through Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP): Hypertension Identification and Management
  • SOCC Scientific Abstract & Educational Program during the AAP National Conference & Exhibition
  • Member pricing to the AAP National Conference & Exhibition
  • Up to 20% off AAP Critical Care publications

Our members engage in activities to enhance their careers and help children at the same time. Serving on subcommittees, work groups and editorial boards are just a few of the ways in which members can network and contribute.

  • Access the member-only SOCC collaborative website and review content, share documents, and more
  • Partner with other organizations such as: the Society of Critical Care Medicine on topics such as pediatric brain death, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) on topics such as unscheduled procedural sedation, a brain death consensus conference and more.
  • Join one of several SOCC subcommittees such as:
    • Advocacy
    • Member engagement
    • Mentorship
    • Quality

Other engagement opportunities include:

  • Participation via social media as an SOCC social media ambassador
  • Presenting abstracts and publishing work
  • Serving as authors or reviewers of policy statements and other publications
  • Conducting research via Section surveys
  • Applying for research and travel grants
  • Speaking at CME events
  • Signing up to be an SOCC mentor or mentee
  • Participation in a national network of division chiefs 


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