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Ultrasound Workshop for Perioperative Applications

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Ultrasound Workshop for Perioperative Applications [Link to top]

This 2-day hands on ultrasound perioperative workshop is offered to anesthesiologists who wish to acquire ultrasound skills for the following applications:

  1. Airway assessment
  2. Lung imaging
  3. Gastric assessment for NPO status
  4. Optic nerve sheath assessment
  5. Focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)

To maximize the hands on experience, it is mandatory for the registrants to acquire theoretical knowledge and study the online course materials before attending the workshop. There is a lot of materials to cover and this will require approximately 6-8 hours of study time.

At the end of this course, participants would have acquired basic knowledge of ultrasound imaging for airway assessment, lung imaging to evaluate hypoxemia, ultrasound imaging to evaluate gastric content and volume, optic nerve sheath diameter assessment for raised intracranial pressure monitoring and focused TTE for assessment of 5 critical anesthesia incidents.

This course has a number of distinguishing features.

  • one-of-a-kind workshop to teach perioperative ultrasound applications for anesthesiologists
  • scenario based, focused TTE training for non cardiac anesthesiologists
  • supervised hands on scanning on live models and simulators for 9.5 hours
  • knowledge evaluation with immediate feedback
  • a fully interactive program

Early registration is encouraged. The Friday-Saturday workshop will accommodate to a maximum of 24 registrants with a 4-8:1 registrant to instructor ratio. Registration fee will include breakfast, lunch and refreshment on Friday and Saturday.

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Program Guide [Link to top]

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the regional anesthesia workshop, the participant should be better able to:

  • describe the basic principles of ultrasound imaging for airway assessment
  • acquire hands on lung imaging skills to evaluate hypoxemic states
  • apply ultrasound imaging to assess gastric content and volume
  • recognize raised intracranial pressure based on optic nerve sheath diameter measurement
  • perform basic TTE to evaluate cardiac pathophysiology during 5 critical anesthesia incidents
Friday Day 1
Morning Session - Gastric, Airway, Optic Nerve and Lung
08:00 Introduction and Welcome
08:10 Pretest
08:30 Gastric ultrasound and case studies
09:00 Airway ultrasound
09:25 Optic nerve sheath diameter
09:45 Basic lung imaging
10:10 Q and A
10:30 Break
Hands on Practice
(1050 to 1230, 1330 to 1420)
10:50 Station 1, 2 or 3
(live model scan)
11:40 Station 1, 2 or 3
(live model scan)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Station 1, 2 or 3
(live model scan)
Station 1 - Gastric
Station 2 - Airway and Optic Nerve Sheath
Station 3 - Lung
Afternoon Session - Focused TTE
14:20 Basic TTE views, indications, scanning tips
14:45 Assessment of intravascular volume responsiveness
15:10 Break
Hands on Practice (3 live models, 3 simulators, 6 stations)
15:25 Station 4 (live model / simulator)
16:10 Station 5 (live model / simulator)
16:55 Station 6 (live model / simulator)
17:40 Station 7 (live model / simulator)
18:25 Adjourn
Saturday Day 2
Morning Session - Cardiac and Pulmonary Pathology
08:00 Breakfast and Ask the Expert Session (40 min)
Focus TTE
08:40 Pulmonary Pathology
09:10 Q and A
09:25 Cardiac Pathology (1)
09:55 Q and A
10:05 Cardiac Pathology (2)
10:35 Q and A
10:45 Break
Hands On Practice (3 live models, 3 simulators, 6 stations)
11:10 Scenario 1 (shock), step by step ultrasound evaluation
11:25 Practice scenario 1 (live model / simulator)
11:55 Practice scenario 1 (live model / simulator)
12:25 Lunch
Afternoon Session
13:15 Scenario 2 (massive pulmonary embolism), step by step ultrasound evaluation
13:30 Practice Scenario 2 (live model / simulator)
14:00 Practice Scenario 2 (live model / simulator)
14:30 Scenario 3 (cardiac arrest), step by step ultrasound evaluation
14:45 Practice Scenario 3 (live model / simulator)
15:15 Practice Scenario 3 (live model / simulator)
15:45 Break and Post test
16:15 Scenario 4 (severe valvular heart diseases), step by step ultrasound evaluation
16:30 Practice Scenario 4 (live model / simulator)
17:00 Practice Scenario 4 (live model / simulator)
17:30 Scenario 5 (hypoxemia), step by step ultrasound evaluation
17:45 Practice Scenario 5 (live model)
18:30 Adjourn

Faculty [Link to top]

University of Toronto Faculty:
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC
Ghislaine Doufle, MD
Alberto Goffi, MD
Han Kim, MD, FRCPC
Richelle Kruisselbrink, MD, FRCPC
Massimiliano Meineri, MD, FRCPC
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC
Marcos Silva, MD
Taylor Zhou, MD

CME Credits [Link to top]

This education event has been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Section 1 credits (credit number TBA) and the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association - Category 1 credits (credit number TBA).

Accommodation [Link to top]

The Park Hyatt Toronto - 4 Avenue Rd Toronto.
The Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor - 280 Bloor St W, Toronto.
The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville - 90 Bloor St E, Toronto.
The InterContinental Toronto Yorkville - 220 Bloor St W, Toronto.
The Eaton Chelsea Hotel - 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto.
The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay St, Toronto.

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Registration [Link to top]

The registration fee will include complimentary meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks x 2 days), hands on practical sessions and examination.

Fee: $850 (Canadian) + Tax
Where: University of St. Michaels College located at 81 St Mary St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Registration Process:
Register early for guaranteed attendance!
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration forms are accepted by Mail or Fax.

Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.


Cancellation/Refund Policy:
The full registration fee less $100 administration fee will be refunded, if written notice of cancellation (e-mail or fax) is received no later than 21 days prior to the workshop date. No refund for cancellation less than 21 days. Registration may be transferred among colleagues or be applied to a future course within one year. In the unlikely event that a course is rescheduled or cancelled, pre-paid registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to a future course or may receive a full refund. The course organizer will not be responsible for any travel and/or lodging reimbursements.

Directions to University of St. Michaels College [Link to top]

81 St Mary St.
Toronto, ON
M5S 1J4
Telephone: (416) 926-1300

Driving Directions:
Take the Gardiner Expressway, exit on Spadina Avenue and travel northbound to Bloor Street. Make a right (eastbound) until you get to Bay Street. Make a right (southbound) and St. Mary Street will be the second street on the right.

Public Transit:
The most convenient subway station is Museum Subway Station.

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