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!
Dr Jensen Ng
Organising Chair, APICS 2020