RGN MBBS DipIMCRCS(Ed) MMed(Clin Epi)
MD FRCS(Eng) FANZCP FRCEM FACEM
It’s hotting up ‘down under’ and we are planning to spend summer on the beach as is traditional at Xmas/New Year. It is going to be a hot one … Adelaide (nearest city) is supposed to be the hottest city in the world for Xmas Day!
Meanwhile plans for #DAS smacc airway workshop are shaping up for Berlin in June. As usual the airway workshop is fully booked, but there are plans to host a series of ‘pop up’ events in some of the venues around the conference during smacc week….The SALAD sim (suction-assisted laryngoscopic airway decontamination) will feature – this is the brainchild of evil genius Jim DuCanto and has been enthusiastically adopted by many worldwide to practice management of the soiled airway. Many of us are refining airway trainers to ensure the ‘SALAD Sim’ popups are fun and memorable for all in Berlin.
What then could be more Australian than a beach BBQ? An esky full of beer…some ice…and SALAD?
In true summer style, I have been experimenting with a traditional beach esky – filled with ice, cold ‘Dr Tim’s’ beer and cunning use of a 12V battery and bilge pump to deliver a constant stream of simulated vomitus to the airway mannikin. The entire set up is portable – and better still, can carry beer!
Make one yourself – you KNOW you want to!
The world’s best critical care conference is off to Berlin in 2016. I’ve been lucky enough to attend SMACC events since the origin in Sydney (2013), Gold Coast (2014), Chicago (2015) and Dublin (2016). KIdocs is proud to be a smacc-affiliated website and maintains that critical illness is an entity not bound by geography – meaning the work of the Australian rural doctor inevitably intersects with this niche. FOAMed means there is no longer any excuse for rural docs to be up to speed with the latest in critical care, albeit limited by equipment and personnel!
SMACC has been an interesting journey for me – I’d love YOU to take part in 2017. Finally we now know what DasSMACC has in store…here are some inside tips from the SMACC organising committee that will help you prepare for the ticket release which is scheduled for Wednesday 8.00 am 26th October (Sydney Australian EST), or 22.00 London, 17.00 New York on the 25th of October for those on that side of the world.
Delegate numbers are capped at approximately 2000 registrations again this year as we believe this is the best size to maintain our FOAM community atmosphere. In an attempt to be as fair as possible here are the basics of how it will work:
We have taken all your feedback into consideration and planned for:
The Social Media and Critical Care Conference continues to harness the immense energy of FOAM and dasSMACC in Berlin June 26-29 2017 promises to be the best one yet.
SMACC has seen spectacular growth since its humble beginnings. The Conference has grown from an enthusiastic idea into a global leader amongst critical care events. Whilst SMACC is primarily a high quality, academic meeting, the real reason behind this growth is the enormous and inspiring energy of the critical care community itself. A community that crosses traditional hierarchies, professional barriers and international borders. This is a community dedicated to innovation, teaching and learning. A community based around the pursuit of excellence in patient care, and a passion for sharing this as widely as possible.
So, why did the SMACC conference SELL OUT all 2000 delegate registrations in minutes?
To begin with, the affiliated websites supporting SMACC represent a comprehensive list of the “who’s who” in the FOAM world. The talented clinicians behind these websites have come together and harnessed their innovation, vitality and expertise to create the SMACC experience. The strong social media connections inherent to SMACC result in an ongoing, online conversation, which in turn, empowers the delegate and enhances their experience. SMACC is focused on being a conference truly for the delegates. Delegates have a say in every aspect of the meeting, including the speakers chosen, program topics, themes and styling, social events, and the questions asked in sessions. This level of delegate interaction with the conference is unparalleled in critical care.
There have also been many positive lessons learned from the FOAM world, which have now been translated into the SMACC Conference. Lessons on how to engage, inspire and make critical care education enjoyable. We keep the talks short (15-20 minutes), choose the topics carefully, handpick speakers who we know can both educate and inspire, and discourage reliance on power point presentations. Of course, all the sessions are recorded and podcast to be released in a FREE series – creating more great FOAM!
But SMACC isn’t just about the academic presentations. SMACC is an experience. The opening ceremony, the themes of the exhibition hall and welcome events, the teas and lunches provided in the breaks and the massive Gala night, all of which are included in the one registration price, are designed to bring the group together and enhance the feeling of belonging to one critical care
Berlin is an amazing and vibrant city and has the energy capable of hosting SMACC. It is no surprise that it has become the artists’ capital of Europe. There is an intriguing combination of grittiness, openness, willingness and enthusiasm in the Berlin community, which make it a perfect destination for the FOAM community. Of course that’s to say nothing of the history, museums and bars.
Berlin is also perfectly situated in the heart of Europe to springboard any European adventure.
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