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The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia™



2018 Dates and Locations

April 20 - 22, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
September 21 - 23, 2018
Baltimore, Maryland
October 26 - 28, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 9 - 11, 2018
San Francisco, California

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Course Schedule

Course Fees:

Tuition: $1,195 USD

Gold Rate Tuition: $1095 USD
For Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistants

Silver Rate Tuition: $945 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Schumacher Clinical Partners Medical Staff

Lung Separation Workshop: $350 USD
Optional pre-course workshop

Cancellation Policy

Target Audience

The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia is designed for advanced airway managers, including those who are considered the airway experts at their institutions.

Purpose & Objectives

Airway Management is what anesthesiologists do. This Course will keep you on the leading edge and help you to perfect the most critical elements of this dynamic, constantly evolving field.

"This is hands down the best CME event I've done in my 35 years as an anesthesiologist. Keep up the splendid work!"
– Michael Sopchak, MD

"This course was excellent. A must for all anesthesiologists. The faculty was exceptional."
– Richard T. Warner, MD

"I hoped this was going to be the really top airway course out there — it was! Thanks.'
– Vincent Martinez, CRNA, MS

"Outstanding! Time and money very well spent. Knowledgeable and entertaining faculty."
– Susan Cambria, CRNA

"This course provides an excellent systematic approach to evaluating different airways. It is a great help to my practice."
– Jerome Aul, MD

"This is singularly the best CME course I have been to in my 25 years in practice! I believe this should become the ACLS for Airway and a requirement for all anesthesia residents to graduate their training program.  Thank you!!"
– Jill A. Antoine, MD

"Excellent course. I highly recommend it to all anesthesiologists. Anesthesia residents should take this course before graduating. Excellent faculty."
– Albert Chuang, MD


In recent years, several landmark publications have materially advanced our understanding of difficult and failed airway management. Join us at The Difficult Airway Course: AnesthesiaTM for the evidence, the skills and the assurance of being at the leading edge.

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This advanced, evidence-based program will improve your practice in these high risk areas:

  • Difficult airway and awake intubation
    • When & how to do a stress-free awake intubation.
  • Failed airway and open cricothyrotomy
    • Master the "can't intubate, can't ventilate" scenario.
  • Safe extubation & the airway exchange catheter
    • When & how to use this critical, but underused, tool.
  • Crisis team leadership
    • Learn techniques to gain control of the worst situations.
  • Code Airway Simulation
    • Cap off your experience by managing challenging simulation scenarios such as a rapidly expanding neck hematoma, an agitated and uncooperative difficult airway patient, extubation of a difficult-to-intubate patient, and many more.

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"Excellent is an understatement. Everyone who encounters airway management should have this course."
– Catherine Cheung, MD
North Carolina
"This is hands down the best CME event I've done in my 35 years as an anesthesiologist!"
– Michael Sopchak, MD

The Lung Separation Workshop (optional)

In this pre-course workshop, participants learn and practice lung separation techniques in airway simulators. The workshop focuses on left and right double lumen tube placement with confirmation of placement and troubleshooting. Use of bronchial blockers and options for lung separation in the face of difficult airways are also covered. Enrollment is limited, so please apply early. Pre-registration is required.

"This has been by far the most useful anesthesia course that I have ever attended. It deals with real world day to day issues with airway control. I feel much more confident in my airway management skills now."
– Amanda G. Sierra, CRNA

"Lung Separation Workshop was outstanding. It was designed so that even the "rookie anesthesiologist" would feel comfortable after attending the course."
– Maria Khan, MD


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP) and Airway Management Education Center. Schumacher Clinical Partners is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA CME Credit

Schumacher Clinical Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. An additional 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM will be awarded for the Lung Separation Workshop.

AANA CE Credit

The Difficult Airway Course: AnesthesiaTM has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 18.0 Class A CE Credits; Code Number 1035533; Expiration Date 11/11/2018.

The Lung Separation Workshop has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.5 Class A CE Credits; Code Number 1035532, Expiration Date 11/11/2018.


National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) will accept CME credit for programs approved for continuing education credit by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Association of Physicians Assistants (AAPA), and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ANZCA CPD Accreditation

Participants in the ANZCA CPD program may claim this CICO course as an emergency response activity in their CPD portfolio. Recognition Code: ER-17-CICO-019; Expiration Date June 30, 2020.

"Outstanding course — well prepared and presented. Faculty have 'been there and done that.' I was impressed with the faculty's clinical knowledge and expertise. They are all obviously 'hands on' clinicians that don't just read it but do it in their practice daily."
– John B. Kinzer, MD

"I plan to recommend this course to every anesthesia provider I work with. It's appropriate for all stages in an anesthesia career — from the physician straight out of residency to the anesthesiologist who has been practicing for 20+ years. The balance of didactic versus hands on was excellent. This is probably the only conference I've attended that I didn't want to be late or miss any sessions."
– Melanie C. Smith, MD
"Thank you for updating my skills and elevating my self confidence I know I will be a better provider and clinical instructor. There was not one ounce of intimidation — a wonderful environment to learn. Thank you sincerely."
– Sylvia Tuch, CRNA

"This was the absolute best clinical experience course I have attended. The faculty are all phenomenal, interested in seeing people improve their skills and very non-intimidating. It met every expectation I had and even exceeded some."
– Denise Ward, DO

Setting the Standard

  • Instruction by a world-class faculty of airway experts with an unparalleled passion for teaching.
  • Techniques and "pearls" that benefit even the most experienced providers.
  • Hands-on sessions featuring challenging Code AirwayTM stations.

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques

  • Awake Intubation — When & How
  • Topical Anesthesia
  • Open Cricothyrotomy
  • Extubation and Tube Exchange
  • Crisis Team Leadership
  • Video Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Endoscopic Intubation
  • Lighted and Fiberoptic Intubating Stylets and Guides
  • Techniques for the Obese Patient
  • Simulation Case Reinforcing Cognitive Information
  • Up-to-Date Evidence

Cancellation / Reschedule Policy

Cancellations are subject to a $100 fee. Requests to cancel must be made more than 48 hours before the start of the course to be eligible for a partial refund.

Requests to reschedule to a different course must be made more than 48 hours before the start of the course. The reschedule fee of $50 will be waived for the first reschedule request. Fees will apply for subsequent reschedule requests.

No refunds will be granted to those who do not attend and do not cancel or request to reschedule according to the policies above.

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