postgraduate course in anesthesiology

University of Utah
61st Annual Update in Anesthesia

Park City, Utah
February 7-12, 2016

Purpose of the course:

Review recent developments in anesthesiology with a focus on approaches to thoracic anesthesia, acute pain management, cardiac concerns for non-cardiac anesthesiologists, pediatric anesthesia, anesthetic concerns in neurosurgery. Optional workshops include instruction in echocardiography, peripheral nerve blocks and airway management.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, anesthesia assistants, anesthesiology residents and students interested in an up-to-date review of current anesthesia topics and optional small group interactive workshops.

New This Year: FoCUS 2-Day Workshop

Focused Cardiovascular Ultrasound workshop: a combination of online didactics and hands-on practice for providers who would like to begin incorporating bedside transthoracic and lung ultrasound into their practice.

Early Standard
Physician in Practice $925 $1000
Utah Physician & U of U Alumni $825 $900
CRNA / AA / PA / RN / Military $825 $900
Resident (Letter From Program Director Required) $625 $625
Per Day Registration $250 $250
Optional Fees Price
Basic Echo Workshop $110
APS Workshop $210
*FoCus 6 hour Workshop
2 – 3 Hour workshops on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15am – 12:15 pm
Guest Meal Ticket $25

Register by Tuesday, December 23, 2015 to receive the early bird discount.

Specialty workshop registrations are limited to 20 participants. Availability is on a first come first serve basis.

Focused Cardiovascular Ultrasound (FoCUS) workshop:

We're offering this extended workshop to providers who've decided it's time to seriously incorporate bedside cardiac and lung ultrasound into their practice.  Whereas most workshops are designed to briefly introduce attendees the value of the ultrasound techniques, this experience will be a more in-depth exposure and will combine online and hands-on education.  Prior to arrival at the conference, attendees will be given access to approximately 7 hours of online video content.  This will cover: appropriate application of FoCUS, a review of basic cardiac anatomy and ultrasound physics, techniques of performing a FoCUS exam, evaluation of global left and right ventricular function, evaluation of valvular function, and evaluation of the unstable patient.  Having completed this content, we will spend the entirety of our 2 three hour workshops on the physical techniques of performing a bedside exam.  The student to instructor ratio will be no more than 4:1 and we will use both simulation and live models to ensure that all attendees become confident in their skills.

APS Workshop: 

3 hour workshop. Three 30-minute lectures: Basic and Advanced Upper Extremity Nerve Blocks (Dr. Loose) , Basic and Advanced Lower Extremity Nerve Blocks (Dr. Swenson)  and Truncal Blocks, including Paravertebral and Pec Blocks (Dr. Buys). Followed by 90 minutes of upper extremity, lower extremity and truncal nerve blocks hands-on stations, with 6 models and 6 instructors. 

Basic Echo Workshop:

1.5 hour workshop. 10-15 minute slide presentation of basic transthoracic echo views with selected basic pathophysiology images (Dr. Harig). Followed by hands-on transthoracic echocardiography, utilizing 3 models and 3 ultrasound machines (CX50 and portable Vscan). 

Registration fee includes admission to all sessions, breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshments, syllabus and other course-related materials.

Meal Tickets for Conference Guests

  • Meal tickets may be purchased daily at the conference site
  • Children under 4 years of age may dine free of charge
  • Breakfast is served Monday-Friday between 6:00am and 7:00am
  • Guests who purchase meal tickets must also obtain and present a guest name tag for admission to breakfast buffet. Please provide guest names on registration forms
  • Guests do not qualify to earn CME credits and may not attend the lectures
  • If you plan on attending our conference and have special dietary requests, contact Chris Haber. She can provide different options that may be available.

Refunds: A refund of the registration fee, minus a $75 processing fee, will be allowed when requested in writing and postmarked no later than January 16, 2016. No course registration refunds will be issued thereafter. Ski tickets are not refundable.

The Canyons offers The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel, a AAA four-diamond property that features an outdoor heated pool, gourmet dining and slope side location. The Sundial Lodge is also located close by the conference venue. Both properties feature a variety of luxury-appointed, family-friendly lodging options from studios to multi-bedroom condominiums.

Conference Rates

Grand Summit Hotel
Room Conference Rate
Standard Guestroom (Hotel King, Double Queen, and Studio) $289
One Bedroom Residence $449
Two Bedroom Residence $689
Sundial Lodge
Room Conference Rate
Standard Guestroom (Hotel King, Double Queen, and Studio) $259
One bedroom suite $379
Two bedroom suite $579
Silverado Lodge
Room Conference Rate
Standard Guestroom (Hotel King, Double Queen, and Studio) $239
One bedroom suite $359
Two bedroom suite $499

Find a list of room descriptions.

Book your lodging:

Group Name:           Dept. of Anesthesiology 61st Post Grad Conference                             

Group ID:                   CC9AE2

Group Dates:            2/5 – 2/14/2016

Reservation Link:

Reservations will be telephoned directly to the Resort Reservations Department toll free at 888-CAN-YONS (226-9667). In order to receive the Group rate, callers must identify their affiliation with Dept of Anesthesiology 61st Annual Post Graduate Conference. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is made. 

Conference Rate

The guest room rates for the Event will apply three (3) days before and after the peak dates of the Event. This offer is based on the availability of convention/conference rooms over the requested dates. Pre/Post conference rates cannot be guaranteed at the official Event rate. Requests for pre/post may be fulfilled at best available rate. 

Room Reservations Cut-Off Date

Room reservations should be received no later than January 5, 2016, to guarantee the group rate and space availability. After this date, rooms will be confirmed at the group rate on a space available basis.

Hotel Group Rate Special Considerations

  • Group will receive discounted lift tickets at the 2016 group discount pricing. 

  • Group will receive complimentary basic high speed internet access. 

  • Group will receive a discount of 15% off of ski and snowboard rentals through Canyons Mountain Sports

  • Group will receive a discount of 15% off of adult group ski and snowboard lessons through Canyons Ski School.

Cancellation:  Reservations must be cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival to avoid forfeit charges. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival forfeit the entire amount. No refund for late arrivals, early departures, no-shows or downgrades.

Parking Rates

Valet / Underground parking at the Grand Summit Hotel is included in the Resort Fee for overnight guests and $8.00 per car for meeting attendees not lodging with us. This is good for up to an eight (8) hour period. Underground parking for Sundial Lodge and Silverado Lodge guests is complimentary. 

Discounted Lift Tickets:

ResortConference RateRegular Rate
The Canyons 97 112
Park City 97 112
Deer Valley 80 114

For ski and snowboard rentals at the conference discounted price visit

Conference attendees may purchase ski tickets shortly before, during, and after all conference sessions. They may also be purchased for the guests of conference attendees. 

A few years ago the Canyons resort was purchased by Vail Resorts. They are the managing company of the Canyons at this time. Within the last few months the Vail Corporation has also purchased The Park City Resort. This will allow you as an attendee to the conference be able to purchase 1 ticket that would allow you to ski at both locations. If you chose to ski at the Canyons in the morning and head over to Park City Resort in the afternoon the same ticket would work.

If arriving to the resort prior to Sunday, February 8th Conference attendees may ask the front desk for discounted tickets vouchers to The Canyons Resort ONLY. Please relay to the front desk that you are attending the University of Utah Anesthesia Conference.

For Multiple Day lift tickets please visit the individual ski resort websites:

Deer Valley

Park City

Please note that ski tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE

Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
The Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is the closest airport to The Canyons Resort in Park City, about a 35-minute ride on Interstate 80.

Information for Ground Transportation From SLC
Ground transportation options and information may be obtained from the Ground Transportation Desk (phone: (801) 575-2477) located near the baggage claim areas of all terminals at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Rental Cars
Car rental facilities may be found on the ground floor of the short-term parking garage facility directly across from the terminal buildings at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

We are happy to let you know that we have negotiated a reduced price for our conference attendees with All Resort Shuttles.

SHR - Shared Shuttle Service* (per person) $38.00 Each Way - $76.00 Round Trip

SED - Private Sedan (1-3 guests) $148.00 Each Way - $296.00 Round Trip

SUV - Private SUV (1-5 guests) $179.00 Each Way - $358.00 Round Trip

Local Phone: (435) 649-3999
Toll Free: (800) 457-9457
Fax: (435) 649-4977

Utah Transit Authority - (801) 287-4636


  • City Cab – (801) 363-5550
  • UTE Cab – (801) 359-7788
  • Yellow Cab – (801) 521-2100

Transportation while in Park City
Park City Transit - (435) 615-5350


CME LogoAccreditation: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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The AANA has approved the 61st Annual Update in Anesthesiology for all CRNA's for a total of 34.75 CEs.


Peter Slinger, MD

Professor of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, member of the Anesthesia Staff Toronto General Hospital. Area of interest: Anesthesia for Thoracic Surgery, with specific interests in pre-operative assessment, management of one-lung anesthesia, peri-operative lung injury and trans-esophageal echocardiography. Has edited, authored and co-authored numerous texts, articles and chapters relating to Thoracic Anesthesia. Associate Editor for Thoracic Anesthesia, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. Chair CPD Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.


Jerrold Lerman, MD

After graduating from Chemical Engineering at University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, Dr. Lerman completed his MD at University of Toronto in 1974. He continued his education in an Anesthesia residency at University of Toronto, before receiving a Duncan Gordon Scholarship from Hospital for Sick Children to undertake a one year research fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF in San Francisco with Drs. George Gregory and EI Eger II. In 1983, he returned to the Hospital for Sick Children, where he became Anaesthetist-­‐in-­‐Chief in 1991 and Professor of Anesthesia at University of Toronto in 1996. In 2002, Dr. Lerman left Sick Kids to join the Department of Anesthesia at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo with an appointment as Clinical Professor of Anesthesia at SUNY at Buffalo and at University of Rochester, NY. Dr. Lerman has authored more than 110 peer-­‐reviewed manuscripts, edited/authored three textbooks (the latest “Neonatal Anesthesia” in 2015), 100 review articles, chapters and editorials and 25 peer and non-­‐peer-­‐reviewed grants. He has delivered more than 300 lectures along with visiting professorships in over 30 countries. He holds 2 patents for a novel respiratory device. Dr. Lerman is an editor at Pediatric Anesthesia and a former editor at Anesthesiology and Canadian Journal of Anesthesia as well as former associate editor at Anesthesia & Analgesia. Dr. Lerman has received numerous honours including the Benjamin Weinbrun Lecturer at the South African Society of Anaesthetists in Port Elizabeth in 1996; an honorary Fellowship of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as the Ellis Gillespie Lecturer in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1997; Siemens Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia at Hospital for Sick Children in 2000; the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Research Recognition award in 2002 and the Mike Adragna mentorship award at SUNY at Buffalo in 2012, among others.




Course Coordinator
Chris Haber
Phone: (801)213-2870
Fax: (801)581-4367