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Safe Pain Control and Regional Anesthesia for the Practicing General Surgeon

The American College of Surgeons is evaluating offering this course in the fall or winter of 2020 and when it is safe for our attendees and faculty to travel. Please check back for future updates.

Regional anesthesia blocks have been shown to reduce patients’ postoperative opioid consumption when utilized as an adjunct for pain control and as part of a multimodal pain control regimen in specific surgical procedures.

To this end, the American College of Surgeons Patient Education Committee is proud to offer a regional anesthesia skills course composed of three parts

  • An online pre-workshop
  • An in-person skills session
  • A post-workshop online discussion for CME credit

Course Outline

computer iconOnline Pre-Workshop

Participants are required to complete seven free online modules to learn about local anesthetics and the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) and pectoral (PEC) block techniques, and review case studies where these techniques are employed in specific surgical settings and for specific patients. This online coursework needs to be completed prior to attending the in-person skills session. CME credit is available for the online learning modules, with of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

In-Person Skills Session

Ultrasound skills station

At the in-person skills session, attendees will listen to a lecture on how to utilize and deliver local anesthetics for abdominal wall and pectoral blocks followed by training at different skills stations. Skills stations will allow participants to practice: (1) visualizing the abdominal and pectoral planes via ultrasound using standardized patients, (2) needle placement via both ultrasound and laparoscope on mannequins and animal tissue, and (3) using different formulations of naloxone as well as patient drug abuse screening and communication strategies. Later in the day, attendees will be tested at the skills stations and take a written posttest and evaluation. Skills stations at the in-person session include:

  • Standardized Patients, Ultrasound
  • NYSORA TAP Simulator
  • Pacira LAP-TAP Simulator
  • Pacira Breast Simulator for PEC
  • Pork bellies for LAP-TAP
  • Patient Education: Communication, Screening, and Safe Naloxone Use

Post-Workshop Discussion

Following the in-person session, attend a one-hour online discussion to gain CME credit and share experiences of implementing these techniques at your place of practice. During the discussion, ask questions and share best practices with faculty and other learners. 

Mentorship and clinical verification will be forthcoming. Mentors must be identified and have privilege rights at your place of practice. If you are interested in clinical verification, please contact Tarra Barot for forms and an application.

Target Audience

This course can be taken by any member of the health care team who administers analgesia or performs surgery, or who monitors and supports patients intra- or postoperatively, especially:

  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants

CME Information

A CME credit application for the in-person skills course is pending approval.