CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Orlando, Florida

Location Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
Date March 23-27, 2020

In compliance with government and medical advice concerning COVID-19, the CME Retreat in Orlando, Florida will not take place from 23-27 March, 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.


Even though probably best known for its theme parks, Orlando is far from a one-trick pony and as such, one of the inspiring locations chosen for NYSORA’s CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences. There is a fantastic array of other things to do for families, foodies, outdoor adventurous types, luxury shoppers and international visitors.

The number of diverse attractions now includes world-famous restaurants, incredible concert and sporting event venues, chic shopping outlets, and amazing theatrical performances.

Orlando is also home to nearly 200 golf courses, some dating back to the 1920s, others located in lavish five-star resorts, including the 18-hole, Greg Norman signature course at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club.

Craft beer enthusiasts will love trying the organic beers at Orlando Brewing or special-batch brews at one of the dozens of breweries and taprooms, many of which also have excellent menus offering everything from wings to vegan dishes to fancy oysters and sustainable seafood dishes.

The average daytime temperatures in March reach a blissful 78°F (25°C), so it is an ideal time to visit one of the many water parks located throughout the Orlando area. Alternatively spend an air-conditioned afternoon inside the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Fire Museum or the National Vietnam War Museum.

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The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is located on a lush, 500-acre property and is ideal for exploring the Orlando area — or for relaxing poolside in the Florida sunshine. Unwind at the outdoor pool complex, including a lazy river and Aqua Course 360, or try our challenging 18-hole golf course designed by PGA great Greg Norman. Select from enticing in-house dining options, from luxury Italian fare at Primo to a farm-to-table menu and craft beer at Whisper Creek Farm.

Daily Resort Fee includes: Enhanced in-room wireless internet for up to 6 devices, unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls, daily bike rental through Grande Lakes Sports, transportation to SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Disney theme parks, driving range privileges, and daily recreational activities.

We have negotiated special discounted rates at the Marriott Grande Lakes
(only valid via the link below):

Single/Double occupancy $ 319.00 per night – Maximum occupancy 4 people – Additional adults $ 20 per adult per night
Discounted nightly Resort Fee $ 25.00 per room
50% discount on prevailing self-parking rates

To book accommodation at our specially negotiated rates please click here.

Please note that if you do not stay on the resort you will not be able to use any of the facilities listed in the daily resort fee.


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

Dr Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD

Vice Chairman for Research and Education
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, 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?
- 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 build an academic career
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
10:15 - 10:45 How to write an abstract
10:45 - 11:15 Intraoperative opioid sparing regimens
11:15 - 11:45 Investing for doctors: How to put your hard-earned money to work for you
11:45 - 12:15 Statistics for clinicians: Just what you need to know
12:15 - 12:45 Questions and answers
12:45 - 13:15 NON-CME lecture: Liposome bupivacaine - Mechanism, indications and best uses
07:30 - 08:00 Wrong side blocks: An unsolved problem
08:00 - 08:30 Avoiding complications of nerve blocks made easy
08:30 - 09:00 Infection prevention and control in ultrasound-guided procedures: Current recommendations
09:15 - 09:45 Prevention and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
09:45 - 10:15 How to set up an efficient regional anesthesia service?
10:15 - 10:45 NYSORA's medical illustrations: The creation process (*)
10:45 - 11:15 How to patent and bring to market a new medical device?
11:15 - 11:45 Questions and answers
11:45 - 12:45 Writing Camp



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

JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida
32837 7662

Registration Fee

$ 1195.00 if booked before February 23rd, 2020
$ 1295.00 if booked after February 23rd 

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.


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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