School of Nursing faculty honored by Society of Critical Care Medicine
John Whitcomb, undergraduate coordinator and associate professor in Clemson’s School of Nursing, will be honored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine in late January. Whitcomb will receive the Presidential Citation from the society for “extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources.” This is the third consecutive year he has received this award.
Whitcomb will receive the award at the society’s 46th Critical Care Congress on January 23 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Whitcomb said he is honored by the award and appreciates the recognition from an organization he has come to know so well.
“The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest and most expansive organization of its kind dedicated to critical care medicine,” Whitcomb said. “To be singled out for contributions means a great deal to me, and I feel it reflects well on the School of Nursing and Clemson University.”
Whitcomb has played a variety of roles in the society since 2012, including serving as a member in the society’s drug shortage task force, electrolyte shortage task force, research committee and awards committee. He served as both president-elect and president of the Carolinas/Virginias chapter of the society from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, respectively.
Whitcomb also served as program chair in the Carolinas/Virginias chapter’s 33rd Annual Scientific Symposium: Critical Care through Collaboration in 2015. Whitcomb also previously served as vice chair of the society’s scientific review committee in 2015-2016, and currently serves at the committee’s chair. He has also reviewed 35 to 40 abstracts for the society’s critical care congress since 2007.
“The experience and relationships that I have built through these many roles has been reward enough,” Whitcomb said.
The society established the Presidential Citation Award in 1995 to honor society members who have outstanding contributions to the organization. The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, it is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The society offers a variety of activities that ensures excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.