Course Overview


Updates, Best Practices, and New Guidelines for Clinical Anesthesiology

Ambulatory, Cardiac, Critical Care, Obstetric, Pain Management, Pediatric, Regional, Thoracic

In the past year, there have been a number of very significant clinical changes that affect the practice of anesthesiology. This comprehensive CME program provides a special and timely opportunity for anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and others with interest in the field to hear directly from world-renowned specialists and master clinicians about these changes.

The curriculum at Anesthesiology Update 2020 ensures not only that attendees leave with a comprehensive understanding of the latest advances, risk mitigation strategies and anesthesiology guidelines, but also with specific recommendations to incorporate these updates into practice.

The format is engaging and attendees are encouraged to pose questions in sessions as well as one-on-one with the national and international experts who will be delivering the updates and education at this event. This program also features a variety of hands-on, skills advancement workshops.

Updates, best practices and new guidelines cover:

  • Sex, gender and perioperative outcome
  • Trauma and blood management
  • Perioperative brain and heart failure
  • Difficult airway
  • Advances in regional anesthesia
  • Care of the parturient
  • Apology and disclosure
  • Opioid crisis
  • New drugs in the anesthesia pipeline
  • Multimodal general anesthesia
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery
  • End-of-life care
  • Preventing burnout
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Pollution and anesthesia practice
  • Value-based care
  • Perioperative stroke prevention

Participants will take away important guidelines and checklists that they can put to immediate use in their anesthesia practice.


2020 Guidelines, New Innovations, Challenging Cases, and State-of-the-Art Clinical and Patient Safety Updates in the areas of:

  • Regional anesthesia
  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Critical care medicine
  • Ambulatory anesthesia, office-based anesthesia
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Thoracic anesthesia
  • Perioperative transfusion medicine
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Clinician wellness
  • Pain management
  • Patient safety and risk reduction 
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery


  • Anesthetic drugs in the development pipeline 
  • Anesthetic neurotoxicity
  • Total intravenous anesthesia
  • Inhalational anesthetics
  • Use of nitrous oxide in clinical practice
  • New hypnotics
  • Medical marijuana


Customize Your Learning Experience For Your Specific Practice Needs

You can customize your learning experience with these optional add-on programs: 

  • Lunch-and-Learn Roundtable Programs: These popular daily roundtable focus in-depth on an important topic, with insights provided and interactive discussion led by a master clinician or subject matter expert. The 2020 Anesthesiology Update offers 18 Lunch-and-Learn Roundtable options. Click here for a complete schedule.
  • Skills Development and Certification Workshops: Hands-on workshops are offered in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   

Tuesday, May 12: Optional ACLS Skills-Development and Certification Workshop. This special workshop provides the didactics, simulations and test necessary for ACLS certification. This is an opportunity to:

  • Review current ACLS guidelines and protocols
  • Put the protocols to use in resuscitation simulations
  • Obtain ACLS certification on site

The participant experience:

  • You will receive the ACLS manual on the first day of the conference so that you can prepare for the test prior to this workshop.
  • The workshop itself offers a comprehensive ACLS review and simulated resuscitation scenarios.
  • Examination and grading take place on site.
  • You will receive an ACLS certificate upon successful completion of the workshop and exam. 
  • Click here for details

Wednesday, May 13: Optional Difficult Airway Skills-Development Workshop. This special hands-on workshop teaches state-of-the-art approaches for airway management. Education includes a variety of airway methodologies and guidance to employ them in different and difficult clinical circumstances. The workshop is taught by experts from six different institutions, affording participants the opportunity to learn perspectives from different master clinicians.  As a participant, you will:

  • Gain an up-to-date understanding of the various methods that are available to secure the airway in crisis
  • Get criteria to use one method vs. another for airway emergencies
  • Gain hands-on experience with newer airway gadgets and methods
  • Explore new airway strategies and technologies
  • Gain additional knowledge and skills to more confidently handle an airway crisis
  • Learn airway skills in pediatric patients
  • Participate in live, hands-on cricothyrotomy training and leave with best practices to perform this life-saving procedure
  • Click here for details

Thursday, May 14: Optional Regional Anesthesia Skills-Development Workshop. This special hands-on workshop provides an opportunity for both advanced and novice practitioners to work in very small groups with leading Harvard Medical School clinical faculty to:

  • Explore and gain experience with current ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques
  • Add new block techniques to your repertoire
  • Increase your proficiency in reproducing common ultrasound windows on your patients
  • Improve your eye-hand needling coordination
  • Click here for details