IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium
Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
April 28 – May 1, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Workshops require pre-registration and a separate non-refundable fee.

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop-01: Focused Cardiovascular Ultrasound (FoCUS) – It’s for Everyone!
with Drs. Orode Badakhsh, Bradley J. Coker, Byron D. Fergerson, Jason Harig, Candice K. Morrissey, and Joshua M. Zimmerman

Focused cardiovascular ultrasound (FoCUS) can be defined as limited bedside transthoracic echocardiography that the perioperative physician can use to rule in or out broad categories of dysfunction for improving patient care. In this hands-on workshop and online tutorial, trainees will learn how to obtain and evaluate the five FoCUS views, as well as learn the equipment needed, general transthoracic ultrasound nomenclature and technique, indications, and limitations.

Saturday, April 28, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop-02: Advanced Perioperative Ultrasound
with Drs. David Kiamanesh, James A. Osorio, Oliver Panzer, Julia B. Sobol, Paul D. Weyker, and Mark A. Weller

This advanced workshop will build on basic techniques to expand learners’ knowledge and skill set. The presenters will focus on assessment of left and right ventricular function, valvular pathology, and volume responsiveness. Course instruction via small-group format will include a combination of reviewing short lectures, scanning live models, and utilizing simulator mannequins. Workshop participants should have an understanding of basic perioperative ultrasound prior to taking this advanced workshop.

Sunday, April 29, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop-03: Truncal Blocks Workshop: An Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Approach
with Drs. Elisha J. Dickstein, Nadia Hernandez, Christina L. Jeng, Yan Lai, and Jordan F. Wicker

This truncal blocks workshop focuses on hands-on ultrasound-guided truncal blocks, including rectus sheath, transversus abdominis (TAP), quadratus lumborum (QL), paravertebral, ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric, PECS 1 and PECS 2 (serratus plane) blocks. Participants will acquire a thorough knowledge of imaging, innervation, surface anatomy, and needling techniques. In addition, participants will discover the indications for these specialized blocks.

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop-04: Teaching Anesthesia Teams to Perform After Action Reviews: Lessons Learned from Aviation and Health Care
with Drs. Bastian Grande, Michael Hanusch, Adrian Marty, Julia Seelandt, Michaela Kolbe, and Captain Dieter Eppler

In intense, high-risk medical domains, such as anesthesia, improving patient safety is a major concern. Although widely used in simulation-based trainings (SBT) and studied in the context of simulation, debriefings are underutilized and understudied in clinical practice. The leaders in aviation and health care will provide important lessons to apply simulation-based debriefings methods to clinical practice, showcasing a promising lens for examining work in high-risk domains.

Monday, April 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop-05: SAGA: Interactive Boot Camp for Brief Perioperative Cognitive Assessment
with Drs. Tania Giovannetti, Melissa Lamar, and Catherine Price

Taking a few minutes to assess the brain is particularly important given the growing number of older adults electing surgery and the rise of dementia internationally. For this workshop, clinical neuropsychologists who specialize in dementia assessment and perioperative cognitive change will conduct an interactive workshop for anesthesiologists interested in sharpening their skills in rapid pre- and post-operative cognitive-behavioral assessment.

Monday, April 30, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop-06: Transformational Leadership: You’re Not a Born Leader!
with Dr. Chet Wyman

In most cases, there’s no such thing as a born leader. Good leaders learn how to inspire others and lead effective teams and that means you can, too. This workshop will share proven strategies for cultivating leadership skills, allowing for meaningful change in the OR, and will provide techniques to implement positive change and improve patient care.

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