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

Location Val-d'Isère, France
Date March 9-13, 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.


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.

For information on accommodation, please visit Holiday rental in Val d’Isère.


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

Daryl Henshaw, MD

Associate Professor
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA

Jonathan Douglas Jaffe, D.O

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston Salem, North Carolina, 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 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.
(*) A participant’s guest may attend these sessions and receive a non-CME certificate of attendance.

08:00 - 08:30 Ultrasound physics made simple: What is that machine really doing?
08:30 - 09:00 Understanding and setup of the ultrasound machine for picture-perfect images
09:00 - 09:30 How to aquire needle-eye coordination?
09:30 - 10:00 The future of ultrasound in anesthesia
17:00 - 17:30 Understanding the cervical plexus, interscalene & supraclavicular blocks
17:30 - 18:00 Analgesia for shoulder sugery: Phrenic nerve-sparing techniques
18:00 - 18:30 Understanding the infraclavicular, costoclavicular & axillary brachial plexus blocks
18:30 - 19:00 All you need to know about forearm blocks
19:00 - 19:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided upper extremity blocks: Demonstration
08:00 - 08:30 Analgesia for hip fractures: How and what is new?
08:30 - 09:00 Femoral, femoral triangle and adductor canal: Lost in translation?
09:00 - 09:30 New tools in regional anesthesia
09:30 - 10:00 Analgesia for foot surgery: Popliteal or ankle block?
17:00 - 17:30 Total Knee Arthroplasty: Latest Fast-Track Protocols
17:30 - 18:00 Total Hip Arthroplasty: Latest Fast-Track Protocol
18:00 - 18:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided lower extremity blocks: Demonstration
18:30 - 19:00 Prevention of nerve injury after peripheral nerve blockade
19:00 - 19:30 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 Thoracic paravertebral, PEC and erector spinae blocks: Indications and evidence
08:30 - 09:00 Update on TAP and QL Blocks: Indications and evidence
09:00 - 09:30 Simulation for ultrasound-guided fascial plane blocks: Demonstration
09:30 - 10:00 Timeout and Checklists: What’s all The Fuss About
17:00 - 17:30 Opioid sparing infusions for perioperative analgesia
17:30 - 18:00 Extending the duration of single-injection blocks: To mix or not to mix?
18:00 - 18:30 Understanding liposomal bupivacaine: Successful tips for use
18:30 - 19:00 How to set up an efficient regional anesthesia service?
19:00 - 19:30 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 The use of ultrasound in the morbidly obese patient
08:30 - 09:00 Regional anesthesia for the pediatric patient
09:00 - 09:30 Assessing competency in regional anesthesia
09:30 - 10:00 Regional anesthesia in complicated pregnancy
17:00 - 17:30 Prevention and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
17:30 - 18:00 Infection prevention and control in ultrasound-guided procedures: Current recommendations
18:00 - 18:30 Powerpoint Presentations: Part I - How to build a good presentation? (*)
18:30 - 19:00 Powerpoint Presentations: Part II - How to deliver a good presentation? (*)
19:00 - 19:30 Questions and answers
08:00 - 08:30 Systemic buprenorphine - What and how?
08:30 - 09:00 The best tool to learn the principle of regional anesthesia: NYSORA's reverse ultrasound anatomy
09:00 - 09:30 Statistics 101 for the clinician
09:30 - 10:00 Awake fibreoptic intubation



The CME Retreat Anesthesia Conference – Val d’Isere, Switzerland, 09/03/2020-13/03/2020 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

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

Registration Fee

Rate until February 9th: $ 1195.00
Rate from February 9th: $ 1295.00

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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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.


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.


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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