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UCSD Anesthesiology Update 2022

SAVE THE DATE • AUGUST 11-13, 2023

The UCSD Anesthesiology Update 2023 promises to be both an exciting and refreshing occasion. This course has a long history of providing excellent up-to-date lectures and workshops for all anesthesiologist and anesthesia practitioners, and we are continuing this tradition. All of our speakers are experts in their fields and accomplished lecturers. 

This course has, as its basic theme, a critical evaluation of the current practices of anesthesia. The program will contain state of the art elements in all the anesthesia subspecialties and discuss important new problems and their solutions. The content of this educational program was determined by rigorous assessment of educational need and includes review of prior course evaluations, faculty assessment as well as new medical knowledge that has been incorporated into the program.

Some Highlighted Topics Include: 

  • Cardiac
  • Critical Care 
  • Obstetrics 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Regional and Acute Pain
  • Neuro Anesthesia 
  • Pharmacology and Global Health
  • Airway and Lung Isolation Workshop 
  • Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop 
  • Regional Workshop 

Target Audience

This course is designed for all Anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Fellows and Residents, Critical Care providers, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA),Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAA) and all Allied Health Professionals who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty or are impacted by it. 

Course Objectives

  • Discuss medical, surgical and anesthetic aspects of managing unexpected emergencies
  • Describe physiology of RHF and PTH and explain different types of LVADs
  • Summarize the key elements for management of COVID-19
  • Describe the 4 basic transthoracic echocardiography views and develop a structured framework for shock evaluation using ultrasound
  • Describe the risk factors and definitions of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy
  • Summarize the dangers and difficulties in providing pediatric care in a non-children’s hospital.
  • Discuss use of ultrasound technology in regional anesthesia and discuss the evidence for cannabinoids use for chronic pain and acute pain
  • Explain basic disease process encountered in neuro-anesthesia practice

Available Workshops 

(separate registration required for each workshop)

Airway and Lung Isolation Workshop

Leon Chang, MD, Sarah Ellis, MD, Brian Frugoni, MD, Pariza Rahman, MD Eric Tzeng, MD

The airway workshop will focus on rescue techniques, using a fiber optic bronchoscope to establish an endotracheal tube through an intubating LMA while maintaining oxygenation and ventilation. Additionally, there will be a review of lung separation and isolation techniques and devices. Brief lectures will be followed by hands on practice using mannequins.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Present techniques for fiber optic intubation through a rescue LMA
  • Present techniques for lung isolation and separation
  • Provide the learner with hands on practice for the above techniques
  • Gain familiarity with techniques to establish a surgical airway

Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop

Christopher Tainter, MD, Dalia Banks, MD, FASE, Matthew Swisher, MD

This workshop builds on the principles of shock evaluation with point-of-care ultrasound and echocardiography to give learners the "hands-on" opportunity to practice obtaining and optimizing the appropriate sonographic views with live models in a small group environment.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Improve familiarity and practice obtaining the 4 basic transthoracic echocardiography views
  • Improve familiarity and practice obtaining lung ultrasound views
  • Improve familiarity and practice obtaining abdominal and vascular ultrasound views related to shock

Regional Workshop

Engy Said, MD, Rodney Gabriel, MD, John Finneran, MD

Workshop Objectives:

  • Practice scanning peripheral nerve anatomy on live models and needle manipulation on phantom blocks
  • Work with highly experienced regional anesthesiologists to optimize imaging on various models of ultrasound machines
  • Understand brachial plexus sonoanatomy and blocks for the upper extremity (brachial plexus and distal nerve blocks)
  • Learn cutting edge plane blocks for thoraco-abdominal wall analgesia (e.g. PECS I/II, SAP, QL, ESP)
  • Review lower extremity neuroanatomy and blocks of the femoral (adductor canal, saphenous) and sciatic nerves (popliteal sciatic, tibial, iPACK) and their branches