from the world of critical care

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Those of you who have been reading from the beginning know that the first week of this blog I made several posts while attending the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. Several of you commented (not in the blog post but directly to me by email or in person) how much you enjoyed getting an insider's look at what goes on at some medical conferences. Currently I am in San Diego attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine's annual Congress which starts on Sunday. So, why am I here two days early? Again, to help do the business of the societies to which I belong.

Medical societies rely upon the work done by their "volunteer" leaders to support the mission and create the vision of the organization and the members. So, the leaders need to meet and discuss the business of the organization. Therefore, I am attending today the Council meeting for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and tomorrow will be attendng the meeting of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Critical Care.

More to come over the next week or so, here in sunny San Diego.

Please let me know if this is interesting to you, or you find it worth your time to read. I am trying to educate and keep my readers involved, but cannot do that without your input. By the way, I am still working on meeting your requests ffor future topics.

Please continue to let me know what will be of most help to you, interest to you or your families, or of help to you as patients or as providers in navigating the healthcare system today and in the future.

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I think it’s great to share what actually goes on “behind” the scenes at conferences. Many people probably have no idea of the pre-work that volunteers or participants put into preparing for the conference day/days. I also believe that it is important for readers to know as team members of the only Children’s Hospital in the Roanoke Valley, that we value life-long learning to be sure that we provide the highest level of quality healthcare to our patients.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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