The subspecialty of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine is rapidly changing, necessitating frequent updates in pharmacology, techniques and practice protocols. The introduction of ultrasound in the clinical practice of regional anesthesia has resulted in an unprecedented change in the specialty as well as in a growth of the interest for regional anesthesia. A number of highly efficacious peripheral nerve block techniques are now available to provide superb surgical anesthesia and postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing a wide variety of surgical procedures. A growing body of literature suggests that these techniques offer numerous advantages over general anesthesia. Judiciously and skillfully performed nerve blocks facilitate pain management, fast-tracking, promote early mobilization, decrease hospital stay, reduce unanticipated hospital admission and reduce overall health care costs.
The NYSORA December Symposium is structured to offer a comprehensive update on the latest developments in regional anesthesia and acute pain management and to present the best current regional anesthesia techniques and practice protocols. These goals will be accomplished through a multitude of parallel lectures and workshop sessions on Saturday. In addition, a comprehensive range of hands-on workshops are planned for Sunday to offer attendees an opportunity to acquire or improve their skills in a number of regional anesthesia techniques.
The NYSORA Symposium has become a staple for state of the art education in regional anesthesia and acute pain management and attracts large audiences. This year’s program is truly special as it marks the 10th Annual NYSORA Symposium, a remarkable milestone. For this occasion, the 2011 Jubilee will feature an expanded didactic session for the first time, allowing attendees to choose sessions of their primary interest. Multiple opportunities will be available to allow for markedly enhanced learning and discussion among the experts and audience. The program also incorporates several different workshop formats with hands-on training of nerve-stimulator and ultrasound techniques to improve transducer and needle handling techniques. Attendees can choose one or more workshop programs that best fit their individual needs. All workshop programs are limited to small groups and are designed as hands-on to facilitate learning. Abstract presentations are added for an enhanced and interactive sharing of new knowledge. For this one of a kind educational opportunity, we chose our faculty from within the opinion leaders in the field.
The 2011 NYSORA Jubilee will be truly unique and significantly expanded compared to the highly acclaimed traditional NYSORA annual symposia. Likewise, the trademark NYSORA NYC social event on Saturday Night, December 17th will not disappoint those who hope for some fun after the symposium. We look forward to having you join us for a unique learning experience and a celebration of 10 years of NYSORA December programs.
Admir Hadzic, MD, PhD Jeff Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA