CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Val-d’Isère, France

Location Val-d'Isère, France
Date February 15-19, 2021

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.


This charming ski resort in the French Alps is one of the most popular and best-loved French skiing destinations, and as such, one of the inspiring locations chosen for NYSORA’s CME Retreat Anesthesia Conferences. Thanks to its scenic beauty and a broad offer of recreational activities, Val-d’Isère is an ideal vacation site for anyone; adventurers, adrenaline junkies, families, and winter enthusiasts.

The superb ski terrain includes something for everyone, and not just downhill lovers. In Val-d’Isère you can try cross-country skiing, sit-skiing, or even snowkiting. For those who don’t ski, there are countless activities to take part in, such as ice driving circuits, snowmobile and helicopter tours of the spectacular landscape, driving husky-drawn sleds, climbing a frozen waterfall, or even speed riding, ice diving and winter paragliding for the most adventurous!

A special treat for night-owls is the secret wilderness camp where you can spend a relaxed evening in the woods around a campfire before enjoying a spectacular ride down the starlit mountain.

The youngest are also guaranteed an unforgettable and fun-filled stay in Val-d’Isère, with activities designed especially for children. Some of them include the Ski Kindergarten, the sleigh area and recreational fun zone, and the adventure program Val Kids entirely geared towards children.

Val-d’Isère also has boasts a rich gastronomical offer, from Michelin Star restaurants to coffee shops with the best pastries, cakes, and treats. So whatever your taste, you are sure to find something for yourself.

A wide range of accommodation options and general information can be found here: Holiday rental in Val d’Isere.


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


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.” (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.

08:00 - 08:30 NYSORA regional anesthesia teaching tools (Introduction)
08:30 - 09:00 Simulation in regional anesthesia
09:00 - 09:30 Monitoring and documentation for regional anesthesia
09:30 - 10:00 How to become proficient in regional anesthesia
17:00 - 17:30 Analgesia for clavicle surgery: The cervical plexus block
17:30 - 18:00 Anesthesia for shoulder surgery Part I
18:00 - 18:30 Analgesia for shoulder surgery Part II: Phrenic nerve-sparing techniques
18:30 - 19:00 Anesthesia for hand surgery
08:00 - 08:30 Simulation for upper extremity blocks: Demonstration
08:30 - 09:00 Ultrasound in the morbidly obese
09:00 - 09:30 Regional anesthesia and thoracic surgery Part I: Thoracic paravertebral and ESP blocks
09:30 - 10:00 Regional anesthesia and thoracic surgery Part II: PECS and Serratus plane blocks
17:00 - 17:30 Neurologic complications after nerve blocks: How to prevent and manage
17:30 - 18:00 Regional anesthesia and abdominal surgery: TAP and rectus sheath blocks
18:00 - 18:30 Regional anesthesia and abdominal surgery: QL blocks
18:30 - 19:00 Simulation for thoracic wall blocks: Demonstration
08:00 - 08:30 Simulation for abdominal wall blocks: Demonstration
08:30 - 09:00 Total Hip Arthroplasty: Latest Fast-Track Protocol
09:00 - 09:30 Total Knee Arthroplasty: Latest Fast-Track Protocols
09:30 - 10:00 Analgesia for foot and ankle surgery
17:00 - 17:30 Femoral, femoral triangle and adductor canal: Lost in translation?
17:30 - 18:00 Simulation for lower extremity blocks: Demonstration
18:00 - 18:30 Extending the duration of single-injection blocks: To mix or not to mix?
18:30 - 19:00 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 An update on continuous peripheral nerve blocks
08:30 - 09:00 Timeout and Checklists: What’s all The Fuss About
09:00 - 09:30 How to set up an efficient regional anesthesia service?
09:30 - 10:00 PowerPoint Presentations: Part I - How to build a good presentation?
17:00 - 17:30 PowerPoint Presentations: Part II - How to deliver a good presentation?
17:30 - 18:00 Understanding liposomal bupivacaine: Successful tips for use
18:00 - 18:30 Prevention and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
18:30 - 19:00 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 Infection prevention and control in ultrasound-guided procedures: Current recommendations
08:30 - 09:00 Spinal sonography and applications for neuraxial anesthesia
09:00 - 09:30 Regional anesthesia for ambulatory patients
09:30 - 10:00 Questions and answers



An application has been made to the EACCME for accreditation of this event.

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Venue Details

Val D’Isere Centre De Congres
Route de la Balme
Val d’Isère 73150
33 4790 62123

Registration Fee

Rate until January 15th: $ 895.00
Rate from January 15th: $ 995.00

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

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A wide range of accommodation options and general information can be found here: Holiday rental in Val d’Isere.


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.

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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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