Executive Message

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Message from the Vice President

Every year, the executive board of PCICS convenes for a 2-day retreat to clarify the Society’s priorities that we believe will best advance the mission of PCICS: To empower a diverse global community of pediatric cardiac critical care clinicians dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families. How we allocate the time and resources of PCICS should reflect our priorities. Led by the president, the four other executive board members review the financial health of the society, the accomplishments, and our missed opportunities. We discussed the rising stars across the multiple committees and special interest groups (SIGs), and the PCICS leadership potential that we see in so many of you who contribute your time and energy for a shared and common purpose—to advance this field of pediatric cardiac intensive care.

Much has been written about the feeling of sluggishness since the pandemic. Anthony Klotz, a professor of management now at the University College London coined the term, “The Great Resignation” to describe the masses of people who were leaving the work force1. And our field has not been immune to this. We likely all have witnessed what seems like an increasingly rapid turnover in multiple different team members across different professions who serve our patients. And I have felt this as well. Two years of a pandemic that prohibited many in-person gatherings affected many different facets of our lives. It left many feeling uncertain about the future and questioning where and how we allocate our time and energy.

And yet, despite all those challenges, there were so many in our society who continued to build and helped pivot in-person activities to virtual, including the Annual Meeting and the APP Curriculum Bootcamp, and those who created new educational online opportunities such as the RN curriculum which completed its first course in December 2023. Additional SIGs were created, Research and Improvement Science (RAISE) groups were formed, and the PCICS podcasts and newsletters continued to create content to keep us all informed and connected. When much of the world was retreating and reflecting, many of you stepped up and continued to build.

For many of our PCICS members, the Annual Meeting is a fun and inspiring event where you can connect with old colleagues, and form new friendships and new networks as we all share a similar interest. For a select portion of you, activities in the Society go beyond the Annual Meeting. You are what author Andrew Chen would describe as the “hard side” of a network, the backbone. In his book, The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects, he describes this hard side in the context of Wikipedia, the online crowdsourced encyclopedia. Wikipedia is one of the largest websites on the internet and generates over 18 billion page views a month and 500 million unique visitors. And yet, the active contributors, all volunteer, only represent 0.02% of the total viewer pool. Motivated by a shared focus and passion for contributing and sharing knowledge, these extreme contributors are the backbone of the website2. And I know our society has much more than 0.02% who could be described this way. I have met and worked with many of you and hope to meet more of you during my tenure as vice president. Our field tends to attract passionate, outspoken, and fierce personalities. While it can create conflict, it also tends to produce some amazing results. I hope many of you can attend one of our in-person events including our Annual Meeting in San Diego, a PCICS pre-conference workshop at the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies in Cancun, or our first PCICS Latin American Symposium in Brazil in conjunction with the 28th Brazilian Congress of Congenital Heart Diseases, Pediatric Cardiology Intervention and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Looking forward to connecting in 2024.

 

  1. Cohen A. (May 2021) How to Quit Your Job in the Great Post-Pandemic Resignation Boom. Bloomberg Businessweek Online
  2. Chen, A. The Cold Start Problem: How to start and scale network effects. New York, Harper Collins 2021.
Su, Lillian 220120

Lillian Su, MD

Vice President, PCICS
Associate Chief and Medical Director
Division of Cardiac Intensive Care
Phoenix Children’s Hospital