It is my pleasure as the President of WFSICCM to welcome everyone to the 2018 New Year. During the very successful WFSICCM Congress in November 2017, the organization leadership and new Council members were elected. John Myburgh as Secretary General and Arzu Topeli as Treasurer join me in guiding the WFSICCM for the next 2 years. I am excited to welcome new Council members that increase the diversity of leaders of the organization along with the continuing Council members.
In just a short period of time, Council members have expressed ideas and suggestions that will help develop objectives for WFSICCM and shape the work ahead of us. Several areas of emphasis were identified.
-Professional evolution of the organization. Revision and updating of the constitution are planned along with development of policies to guide the business of the organization.
-Engagement and communication. WFSICCM needs more and better involvement with member societies with a particular emphasis on bringing new societies on board and liaising with important groups such as young clinicians and future leaders. Social media will play a large role in achieving this goal.
-Contribution to the field of Critical Care. The greatest need identified by member societies is education and resources to utilize knowledge. WFSICCM plans to move forward with projects involving education that will particularly help to meet needs in resource-limited areas. Facilitation of global research and collaboration was also identified as an important goal for WFSICCM
-Diversity. Diversity of professions, cultures, gender, and thought will be a goal that encompasses all actions and projects of WFSICCM.
We have a lot of work to do and it will take time. Strategic planning, focus and prioritization are needed to be effective and efficient. We are organizing the Council into committees to work more efficiently on these goals for the next 2 years. I am excited to be a part of this journey and look forward to new friends and colleagues that I meet along the way.
“We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin