CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Cancun, Mexico

Location Cancun, Mexico
Date March 30 - April 3, 2020

In compliance with government and medical advice concerning COVID-19, the CME Retreat in Cancun, Mexico will not take place from March 30 – April 3, 2020. These are challenging times during which we all need to dedicate our skills and efforts to our communities and patients before returning to education.
Wishing you all much success in the fight against the epidemic.

Anesthesia Conferences Combining High-Level Education with Vacation

The CME Retreats are specially designed anesthesia conferences that provide the best-in-class educational experience in some of the most inspiring locations around the world.


Surrounded by the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, soft coral sands and the striking shade of blue ocean it is very easy to see why Cancun was voted the second most attractive destination for vacations, and as such, is one of the inspiring locations chosen for NYSORA’s CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences.

The Yucatán Peninsula was the center of Mayan civilization and you will find many Maya archaeological sites throughout the peninsula. Chichen Itzá, one of the most notable landmarks of the area, takes you on an incredible journey back to the Maya civilization and a visit here will make you feel that you have stepped back in time.

In addition to its incredible history, Cancun’s breathtaking blue waters are full of colorful underwater sea life making it an excellent destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. The third largest coral reef system in the world continues through Cancún and the Riviera Maya, where it is home to more than 65 species of coral and 500 species of fish.

Things To Do In Cancun


Perfectly situated on the soft white sand beaches of Cancun, this exclusive beach resort provides the perfect accommodations. Paradisus Cancun is a chance to experience the stunning beauty that has made Cancun an international destination in the comfort of a luxury resort on par with the highest standards of excellence.  This commitment to quality is why Paradisus Cancun has been awarded Four Diamond honors since 2006 by AAA.

Luxurious, spacious and elegantly decorated rooms on a pristine beach that is short 15 minutes from the airport.  Whether you are on the beach, at one of the four lagoon-inspired pools, or dining in any of our nine on-site restaurants, our goal is your total satisfaction.

Tennis, a nine-hole par 3 golf course, Kids Club, YHI Spa, and a Family Concierge option give you plenty to do and ways to explore during your visit.

NYSORA has negotiated exclusive discounted rates at the Paradisus Cancun. In order to take advantage of these rates, reservations need to be made using the following link: CLICK HERE.





Paradisus jr. suite lagoon view: US$ 292.34 single occupancy US$ 322.07 double occupancy
All-Inclusive package rates (Includes room, meals, drinks, tax):
Children under the age of 6 stay for free. Children between 6 and 12 pay $ 79.00 per child per night.
Maximum capacity in rooms is 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults.

Please note that the rate and the VAT zero reduction are exclusive to our group and only available to bookings via the above link.

Full details of rooms CLICK HERE


Admir Hadzic, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, NAICE (North American Institute for Continuous Education)
Director, NYSORA Continuing Medical Education
Consultant, Department of Anesthesiology, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
Genk, Belgium

Catherine Vandepitte, MD, PhD

Consultant Anesthesiologist
Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
Genk, Belgium

Ana Lopez, MD, PhD

Consultant, Department of Anesthesiology
Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
Genk, Belgium

Max Kuroda, MD, PhD

Epidemiology division
NAICE (North American Institute for Continuous Education)
New York, USA


The CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences are suitable for clinicians, residents, fellows, and other health care and health industry professionals.


The attendees of the CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences will learn how to:

  • Explain the upper, lower and truncal regional anesthesia techniques
  • Describe the best practices for postoperative analgesia following total knee and total hip replacement
  • Describe the latest developments in postoperative analgesia for breast, shoulder and foot surgery
  • Summarize the latest changes in enhanced recovery programs for colorectal surgery
  • Define liposome bupivacaine and its current role in regional anesthesia
  • Demonstrate the importance of simulation in acquiring ultrasound skills 
  • Demonstrate live ultrasound scanning and simulation of upper, lower, truncal and neuraxial techniques 
  • Describe management recommendations in anticoagulated, obese and ambulatory patients
  • Describe strategies to prevent complications of regional anesthesia


  • “It was great! Thank you very very much for this medical meeting! I really enjoyed my time with you! Hope to see you again sometime!”
  • “I had a great time learning and the speakers were great. There was ample time for lectures and demonstrations, and of course skiing.” (From the CME Retreat in Crans-Montana, Switzerland)
  • “I had a wonderful time getting to know people. I got a chance to summarize knowledge and to learn new things. The location was just amazing.”
  • “Nice mix of education and sports.” (From the CME Retreat in Crans-Montana, Switzerland)
  • “Outstanding conference!”


Disclaimer: Please note that the agenda is subject to slight change as we add more lecturers and topics.
(*) A participant’s guest may attend these sessions and receive a non-CME certificate of attendance.

07:30 - 08:00 Cervical plexus, interscalene & supraclavicular blocks: What and how?
08:00 - 08:30 Analgesia for shoulder surgery: Phrenic nerve-sparing techniques
08:30 - 09:00 Infraclavicular, costoclavicular & axillary brachial plexus blocks: What and how?
09:00 - 09:30 Extending the duration of single-injection blocks: Additives and mixtures
09:30 - 10:00 The fascia iliaca block: Mechanism and indications
10:15 - 10:45 Femoral, femoral triangle and adductor canal: Lost in translation?
10:45 - 11:15 Total hip arthroplasty: Latest fast-track protocol
11:15 - 11:45 Nerve blocks or local infiltration for total knee replacement?
11:45 - 12:15 Analgesia for foot surgery
12:15 - 12:45 Question and answers
07:30 - 08:00 Understanding the thoracic fascial plane blocks
08:00 - 08:30 Understanding the abdominal fascial plane blocks
08:30 - 09:00 Liposomal bupivacaine use in fascial plane blocks: What is the evidence?
09:00 - 09:30 Truncal blocks to optimize analgesia after C-section: What is the evidence?
09:30 - 10:00 How to read a scientific paper
10:15 - 10:45 Physics of ultrasound for the clinician
10:45 - 11:15 Simulation and certification in ultrasound: Acquiring skills on simulators rather than on patients
11:15 - 11:45 Ultrasound-guided vascular access: How to?
11:45 - 12:15 How to build a team
12:15 - 12:45 How to write an abstract
07:30 - 08:00 Live ultrasound scanning and simulation:
08:00 - 08:30 Upper extremity
08:30 - 09:00 Lower extremity
09:00 - 09:30 Truncal blocks
09:30 - 10:00 Neuraxial techniques
10:00 - 10:30 Non-CME lecture: Liposome bupivacaine - Mechanism, indications and best uses
10:30 - 11:00 Statistics for clinicians: Just what you need to know
11:00 - 11:30 Intraoperative opioid sparing regimens
11:30 - 12:00 Investing for doctors: How to put your hard-earned money to work for you
12:00 - 12:30 Regional anesthesia in the morbidly obese patient
12:30 - 13:00 Questions and answers
07:30 - 08:00 Difficult airway management: Updates
08:00 - 08:30 Let's practice writing an abstract
08:30 - 09:00 Wrong side blocks: An unsolved problem
09:00 - 09:30 Avoiding complications of nerve blocks made easy
09:30 - 10:00 Infection prevention and control in ultrasound-guided procedures: Current recommendations
10:15 - 10:45 Prevention and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
10:45 - 11:15 How to set up an efficient regional anesthesia service?
11:15 - 11:45 Regional anesthesia in the ambulatory patient
11:45 - 12:15 NYSORA's medical illustrations: The creation process
12:15 - 12:45 Questions and answers



In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and NYSORA. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 20 contact hours.
Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

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Venue Details

Paradisus Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan KM
16.5 Zona Hotelera
Cancum 77500
998 881 1128

Registration Fee

$ 1195.00 if booked before February 29th, 2020
$1295.00 if booked after February 29th, 2020

Registration fee includes:
Admission for 1 person to scientific sessions on Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday – No session on Wednesday
All course materials
Coffee breaks during the scientific sessions
Dress code: Smart casual
All Scientific sessions are in English

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations have to be made in writing to:

Cancellations up to 4 weeks of your chosen dates will receive 50% refund

Cancellations after this date will receive no refund of fees paid

What are NYSORA’s registration fees used for?

NYSORA is a free-standing educational organization with over two decades of continuous free-of charge public service. has never charged a fee for its website access and world-wide education. NYSORA’s free-of-charge illustrations, videos and printed materials are used by instructors and educators worldwide. NYSORA’s is complimentary to the organized societies and does not have membership-fees or website access-fees. Likewise, NYSORA’s research mission is internally funded. Therefore, the registrations fees for our programs are the most important source of funding for our full-time team of CME organizers, webmasters, artists and designers.


Information on accommodation in Cancun, Mexico can be found at Paradisus Cancun.



The organizers will not be liable for any personal accident caused to any person, or loss or damage to any equipment, goods or property belonging to participants.

Participants are strongly advised to take out their own travel and health insurance.

Why we are so proud of NYSORA courses?

In this age of information overload, everyone can get lost. Receiving information is one thing, but to be inspired, to feel the joy of learning and tap into one’s inner strength, commitment and courage, is different. We structure our courses and select instructors and locations to foster these very emotions and the feeling of accomplishment. This strategy provides the drive to our trainees to apply what you have learned.

What is NYSORA's educational philosophy?

NYSORA provides the most efficient education anywhere. NYSORA’s instructors are selected among the real world experts who are the best-of-the-best, who use NYSORA’s step-by-step proven educational strategies and tools you can apply immediately to your practice. When you leave a NYSORA course, you will bring home the knowledge and inspiration to start transforming your practice

Contact Details

For any questions or concerns regarding NYSORA courses:

Phone number: 1 212 658 0056