Welcome Messages

Welcome Message from SICM President

My mobile phone buzzed and the message “oh man/sigh/ugh/seriously… are you sure?” came in many guises the moment our team announced the decision to cancel SGANZICS 2020 in the early phases of the COVID19 pandemic. Yes, we are sure. Regardless of all the disappointment or economic cost of cancellation, the safety of our faculty and delegates cannot ever be compromised.

As healthcare workers in Intensive Care Medicine, we are trained to be innovative, adaptable and decisive in the face of crisis. Our Team is no different and we are proud to bring you our first-ever virtual conference – the Asia-Pacific Intensive Care Symposium (APICS) 2020. We aim to provide relevant scientific content in the most accessible and innovative way possible in the current circumstance.

Rest assured that our physical, lively conference will return when the COVID19 pandemic settles and we look forward to welcoming you back to Singapore. In the meantime, I hope you will join us online for APICS 2020.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Tan Hon Liang
President, SICM

Welcome Message from Organising Chair

2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year.

The global pandemic has been a great disrupter, and nobody has been spared from adapting to this new reality. For the Society of Intensive Care Medicine Singapore (SICM), we have had to postpone our flagship event the 7th SGANZICS, Asia-Pacific’s leading Intensive Care conference. This was a painful decision for us and our partners, the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.

However, the team at SICM is one that moves with the times and embraces change and innovation. We relish challenges and meet them head-on. We will, therefore, be moving online. In October 2020 we will hold our first-ever virtual conference – the Asia-Pacific Intensive Care Symposium (APICS).

We do so because the need is even more pressing now, as COVID-19 has squarely thrust the specialty of Intensive Care Medicine into the spotlight. The experience in the past few months has shown the crucial role played by practitioners of Intensive Care Medicine. Countries worldwide have had to substantially increase ICU capacity, with higher death rates seen in places where the need for ICU beds outstrips supply. Extensive research efforts involving potential therapies and management strategies for COVID-19 are underway, and the results are keenly awaited. Now more than ever, there is a need for intensivists to know what’s available, what works, and what’s on the horizon. We are ready to meet that need.

The disease does not respect borders and has affected developed and developing countries alike. Going virtual gives us an unprecedented opportunity to reach a wider audience than ever before. In the tradition of SGANZICS of supporting delegates from Low- and Middle-Income Countries, this virtual event will be made free, to maximise access to all.

See you online at APICS 2020!

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Jensen Ng
Organising Chair, APICS 2020