There will be three workshop breakout sessions throughout the day, where you can select which workshop you would like to attend.  The workshops are included in your registration!  This format will allow you to focus on your clinical interests and choose the hands-on experience that best suits your education needs. You can choose to participate in three of the following four workshops:

Lung Isolation: The Normal and Challenging Airway

Moderator: Kenichi Ueda, MD

Critical Procedural Skills

Moderators: Emily Teeter, MD

Regional Anesthesia 

Moderator: Rebecca Klinger, MD

Thoracic Ultrasound: Diagnosis and Management

Moderator: Massimiliano Meineri, MD

Annual Meeting Workshops

Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium attendees now have the opportunity to register for the Annual Meeting workshops that are held on Saturday, April 18th.

Separate paid registration is required.

Saturday, April 18

9 am Noon





Mechanical Circulatory Systems – Devices for Today's Perioperative Clinician: A Clear Vision for 2020

Moderators: Kamrouz Ghadimi, MD and Jenny Kwak, MD

Get the 2020 view of mechanical circulatory support from a multidisciplinary team: perfusionists, critical care physicians, and anesthesiologists.  Learn the nuts and bolts of cardiopulmonary bypass, ECMO, and VADs in a small-group, hands-on setting.  Demo equipment and simulators will be used to teach placement and management of these devices in the perioperative period.  Special emphasis will be placed on ECMO: cannulation strategies, venting, and troubleshooting.

9 am Noon






Professional Development Skill-Building Workshop: Achieving Success in Cardiac Anesthesia

Moderators: Emily Methangkool, MD and Candice Montzingo, MD

Ready for advancement but not sure of your next step?  This unique, interactive workshop will integrate expertise from both the academic and business world to help SCA members navigate and succeed in both the academic and private practice landscape, with the goal of fostering future leaders.  Specifically, attendees will work on skill development in networking, mentorship, negotiation, and presentation.  Take homes include how to perfect the “elevator pitch”, cultivate healthy mentor and sponsor relationships, negotiate for time and compensation, and create and deliver an effective presentation.

2:30  5:30 pm






Focused on PoCUS – Learning & Refining This Very Imporant Craft!

Moderators: Bradley Coker, MD and Shahzad Shaefi, MD

Practical point of care ultrasonography is becoming more accessible to a growing number of providers.  This hands-on workshop is centered around the basics of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).  In addition to cardiac evaluation, the workshop will cover the use of lung ultrasound, vascular access, shock states, as well as the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) protocol.  Special emphasis is placed on facilitating the learner’s hands-on-probe time to increase comfort and familiarity with image acquisition of these various modalities of PoCUS.

2:30  5:30 pm






ERACS: Design the System, Tailor the Anesthesia, and Enhance Your Patient’s Recovery

Moderators: James Anton, MD and Michael Grant, MD

Learn how to play a central role in the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) program at your institution.  Learners will be introduced to the conceptual framework of an overall program.  Breakout sessions will provide direct interaction with leaders in the field on program implementation, multimodal analgesia including opioid sparing anesthesia, fluid management, goal-directed perfusion strategies, acute kidney injury and delirium prevention.  Participants will gain insights into some of the key surgical interventions necessary to optimize perioperative care and hasten recovery time.  Ultimately, this workshop will provide the participant with the toolset necessary to design and implement an ERACS program at their own institution.