CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Location Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Date February 3-7, 2020

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.


The two neighboring resorts of Crans and Montana lie on a sunny plateau high above the Rhone Valley, and together they make up one of the biggest holiday destinations. Embodying both an idyllic mountain village and alpine town, Crans-Montana is one of the inspiring locations chosen for NYSORA’s CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences. It combines all the comforts of a modern holiday resort with an expansive natural landscape and panoramic views of the Swiss Alps.

Extremely popular during the wintertime, the ski slopes stretch from the high plateau up to the Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 meters. There is something for everyone, from beginners and deep-snow skiers to advanced skiers looking for a challenge. During the winter season, Crans-Montana comes alive with skiers from all over the world.

On the other hand, these resorts offer a wide range of activities for non-skiers as well. From ice skating and snowshoeing, indoor swimming pools and sports facilities, snowmobiles and dog sled rides, to helicopter tours and paragliding.

Another essential part of the winter experience in Crans-Montana are the Après Ski (after ski) parties not only in a wide variety of pubs but on the ski stations as well.

Crans-Montana also offers a wonderful array of luxury retail shops and quirky boutiques and has a rich gastronomical offer from mountain huts to Michelin-starred establishments.


Energize your senses at the Crans Ambassador – a place where memories are made. This legendary 5-star hotel in the Crans-Montana ski resort sits in a spectacular panoramic location in the Swiss Alps, as if suspended in mid-air against a backdrop of clear mountain skies.

Behind its iconic facade, guests relax in the elegant warmth of its amber-hued interior, with keynotes of wood and stone. With their breathtakingly panoramic views of the Alpine peaks of the Haut Plateau, the 56 rooms and suites, bar lounge, restaurants and spa offer a warmly luxurious yet contemporary environment. When it comes to relaxation, the Crans Ambassador is total indulgence at the heart of nature.

The hotel is offering special rates for NYSORA participants, including a VIP welcome in bedrooms and a CHF 40.00 spa voucher towards a 120min signature massage. Please click here to book.


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

Roman Zuercher, MD

Head of Ambulatory Surgery,
Bethesda Hospital,
Basel, Switzerland.

Stefan Heschl, MD

Medizinische Universität Graz,
Graz, Austria

Ana Lopez, MD, PhD

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


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 physics of ultrasound and how to improve machine setup
  • Describe upper extremity nerve blocks and their use in orthopedic procedures
  • Summarize current fast-track protocols for orthopedic surgery of the lower extremity
  • Describe fascial plane injections in regional anesthesia practice 
  • Demonstrate the ability to simulate upper & lower extremity and truncal blocks  
  • Justify the monitoring during regional anesthesia procedures 
  • Describe guidelines for the management of local anesthetics toxicity (LAST)


  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.

08:00 - 08:30 Analgesia for shoulder surgery: Phrenic nerve-sparing techniques
08:30 - 09:00 All you need to know about forearm blocks
09:00 - 09:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided upper extremity blocks: Demonstration
09:30 - 10:00 Analgesia for hip fractures: How and what is new?
16:00 - 16:30 Femoral, femoral triangle and adductor canal: Lost in translation?
16:30 - 17:00 Analgesia for foot surgery: Popliteal or ankle block?
17:00 - 17:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided lower extremity blocks: Demonstration
17:30 - 18:00 Powerpoint Presentations: Part I - How to build a good presentation? (*)
18:00 - 18:30 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 Total knee arthroplasty: Latest fast-track protocols
08:30 - 09:00 Chronic knee pain: Interventional analgesia techniques
09:00 - 09:30 Total hip arthroplasty: Latest-fast-track protocols
09:30 - 10:00 The use of ultrasound in the morbidly obese patient
16:00 - 16:30 Extending the duration of single injection blocks:
To mix or not to mix?
16:30 - 17:00 Continuous peripheral nerve blocks: Why and when?
17:00 - 17:30 Investing for doctors: How to put your hard-earned money to work for you
17:30 - 18:00 Powerpoint Presentations: Part II - How to deliver a good presentation? (*)
08:00 - 08:30 Timeout and checklists: What's all the fuss about
08:30 - 09:00 Prevention of injury after peripheral nerve blockade
09:00 - 09:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided fascial plane blocks
09:30 - 10:00 Questions and answers
10:00 - 10:30 Non-CME lecture:
Liposome bupivacaine - Mechanism, indications and best uses
16:00 - 16:30 Ultrasound physics made simple:What is that machine really doing?
16:30 - 17:00 Understanding and setup of the ultrasound machine for picture-perfect images
17:00 - 17:30 How to acquire needle-eye coordination?
17:30 - 18:00 Understanding the cervical plexus, interscalene & supraclavicular blocks
18:00 - 18:30 Understanding the infraclavicular, costoclavicular & axillary brachial plexus blocks
08:00 - 08:30 Regional anesthesia in the pre-hospital environment and the emergency department
08:30 - 09:00 Prevention and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
09:00 - 09:30 POCUS in the perioperative setting
09:30 - 10:00 Role of regional anesthesia in preventing persistent post-surgical pain
16:00 - 16:30 Ultrasound-guided vascular access
16:30 - 17:00 Thoracic paravertebral, PEC and erector spinae blocks: Indications and evidence
17:00 - 17:30 Update on TAP and QL Blocks: Indications and evidence
17:30 - 18:00 Infection prevention and control in
ultrasound-guided procedures: Current recommendations
18:00 - 18:30 Emergency medicine in the alpine environment
08:00 - 08:30 Regional anesthesia for the pediatric patient
08:30 - 09:00 ERAS components and “Newer”
methods for reducing opioid requirements
09:00 - 09:30 The future of ultrasound in anesthesia
09:30 - 10:00 Questions and answers



The CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Crans-Montana, Crans Montana, Switzerland, 03/02/2020-07/02/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Venue Details

Crans Ambassador Hotel
Route du Petit Signal 3
Crans Montana 3963
41 027 485 4848

Registration Fee

$ 1195.00 if booked before January 3rd, 2020
$ 1295.00 if booked after January 3rd, 2020

Registration fee includes:
Admission for 1 person to scientific sessions on Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
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 Crans-Montana can be found here: Crans Ambassador



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

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