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The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency™



2018 Dates and Locations
April 20 - 22, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
May 4 - 6, 2018
Denver, Colorado
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: $1,490 USD

AAEM Rate Tuition: $1,340 USD
For AAEM Members
American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Gold Rate Tuition: $1,265 USD
For Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses & Respiratory Therapists

Silver Rate Tuition: $1,190 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Schumacher Clinical Partners Medical Staff

Tuition includes the course textbook, Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management (© Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins), and The Airway Card.

Cancellation Policy

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Target Audience

The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency is intended for healthcare providers including Emergency Physicians, Critical Care Specialists, Intensivists, Hospitalists, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Paramedics, Flight Nurses and Respiratory Therapists.

Purpose & Objectives

Airway Management is one of the most critical skills in Emergency Medicine. This course is designed to provide participants with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience that ensure effective and appropriate management of airway emergencies.

"One of the most important courses I have ever attended. The lectures, demos and hands-on workshops were all amazing"
– Andrew Jones, MD
"Second time taking this course - still the best CME course I ever attended. I'll be back."
– David Lublin, DO
"Superlative faculty and cutting-edge information. Thank you!'
– Cynthia Cristofani, MD
"I traveled 10,000 miles from the UK for this course and I was not disappointed."
– Simon Wyer, MRCS (Glas)
United Kingdom
"Beyond a doubt — the most practical and appropriate course that I have ever attended.  Fabulous!"
– Jeff Weinberg
Ontario, Canada
"Best prepared course I have ever attended. I strongly believe it should be a requirement for all physicians involved in emergency care."
– O. F. Fonseca, MD
"Without a doubt, the best definitive education I have ever received for airway management."
– Gilbert Thayer, MD
"Excellent. I will now be able to anticipate intubations rather than fear that one may be needed during any shifts at the ER."
– Michel Garcia, MD
Quebec, Canada



Taught by a world-class faculty, The Difficult Airway Course: EmergencyTM is the only national CME program that teaches the evidence-based, algorithmic approach to emergency airway management developed by airway experts Ron M. Walls, Michael F. Murphy and Robert C. Luten. The course emphasizes assessment and decision-making to enable participants to manage any emergency airway they encounter. This 'practice-changing' program offers multiple hands-on sessions that reinforce the learning and provide valuable practice time with proven airway devices.


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Setting the Standard

Thousands of physicians world-wide come to our course for intensive training in difficult airway management.  Highlights include:

  • Instruction by a world-class faculty.
  • Simple, effective airway algorithms that allow for an orderly, reproducible approach to any emergency airway.
  • Small group, hands-on sessions exclusively focusing on difficult and failed airways, emphasizing rescue strategies and devices.
  • Code AirwayTM stations: Challenging medical simulations to reinforce decision-making and skills.
  • Focused sessions on Pediatric Airways, Trauma, Medical Emergencies, Difficult and Failed Airways.
  • Detailed instruction in a variety of challenging patient scenarios:
    • elevated ICP
    • pulmonary edema
    • cardiogenic shock
    • status asthmaticus
    • foreign body in the airway
    • direct airway trauma
    • multiple trauma with shock
    • and many more.
  • Dynamic and interactive learning environment.

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques

  • Percutaneous and surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Video laryngoscopy
  • Fiberoptic stylets and guides
  • Optically enhanced laryngoscopy
  • Extraglottic devices
  • Awake intubation
  • Flexible endoscopic intubation
  • Pediatric airway skills
  • Techniques for the obese patient
  • and more!

"I just did a very difficult airway easily thanks to your course. You guys made me look like a megastar."
- 2016 Attendee
"As someone who has been doing emergency medicine for 31 years I did not think that there could be new tricks your course would teach me. Boy was I wrong!"
– Francis Salvatore, Jr., MD
Brick, NJ
"The best in the business when it comes to airway management!"
– Manny Gupta, DO
North Carolina
"You think you know everything about managing airways until you take this course. There are great little pearls that will change my practice for years to come."
– Gigi Alsdel-Samed, MD
"I finally got to attend the 'gold standard' difficult airway course and was not disappointed. Difficult airway cases are some of the most frightening, and this course will help me to handle both adult and peds cases with much more organization and confidence."
– Greg Hamel, MD

Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
    1. Have a clear conceptual framework for Difficult Airway Management in the emergency setting.
    2. Be able to identify the Difficult, Unanticipated/Emergency Difficult and Failed airway.
    3. Have a rapid and systematic approach for the management of each of these clinical dilemmas.
    4. Be familiar with the devices and techniques needed to manage these clinical dilemmas, and when and how to use them.

    "Great course! The didactics were really great and hands-on really increased confidence.  Extremely knowledgeable faculty."
    – Bruce Adams, MD
    "Excellent course. The faculty is not intimidating, very helpful. I will certainly take this course again if opportunity arises. I will recommend it to my colleagues."
    – Rodrigo De Luna, MD
    Ontario, Canada


    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 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    ACEP Credit

    Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 22.25 hours of ACEP Category 1 credit.

    AAFP Credit

    This Live activity, The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency, from 4/20/2018 - 11/11/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 22.25 Elective Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    AAPA Credit

    AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 22.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

    "Hands down the best course I've taken! This is not theoretical, but entirely practical and useful. Thank you."
    – Kathleen O'Brien, MD
    "Great course! I will change my practice tonight at my next shift."
    – John Dery, DO

    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.

    A $15 fee will be charged for returned checks.

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