The Difficult Airway Course: Virtual 2021 is an on-line, on-demand program delivered via our new AMEC eLearning platform. This engaging course covers the most vital lessons in difficult and failed airway management.

This multi-specialty course, featuring our world-renowned faculty of airway experts, will deliver:

      ▪ Comprehensive foundational lectures
      ▪ Short, powerful talks diving into essential airway topics
      ▪ Impactful how-to videos, demonstrating key difficult airway techniques
      ▪ Expert panel discussions featuring challenging airway cases.

Course Fees:

$300 USD
Advanced Providers:
$200 USD
for Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Nurse Anesthetists, Anesthesiologist Assistants and Registered Nurses
Residents / EMS Providers:
$100 USD

One full year of access to the program from purchase date.

Cancellation Policy

Subscriptions may be cancelled within 30 days of purchase, provided you have not completed the course and earned your Course Certificate (CME/CE/CEH credits).

Please contact to initiate your cancellation request.

Critical Lessons

Engaging, powerful airway talks including:

  • RSI & Pharmacology
  • Airway Algorithms
  • Physiology and the Physiologic Difficult Airway
  • Pediatric Airway Management
  • Detecting the Anatomically Difficult Airway
  • Failed Airway Management & Awake Intubation
  • Extubation & Tube Exchange
  • Crisis Resource Management / Human Factors


Integrative Case Discussions

Benefit from our panels’ first-hand experiences

  • Emergency C-section under General Anesthesia: fetus distressed
  • Airway management with severe pulmonary hypertension
  • The combative patient with a difficult airway and deranged physiology
  • Managing obstructing upper airway pathology
  • And more!

Skills Demonstrations

Detailed, easy to follow how-to demonstrations

  • Bag Mask Ventilation & Bougie Maneuvers
  • Flexible Endoscopic Intubation
  • Extraglottic Devices (EGD)
  • Laryngoscopy: Direct and Video
  • Tips & Tricks for Routine Techniques
  • Topicalization & Awake Intubation
  • Airway Exchange Catheters

Accreditation Information

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

SCP Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity was originally released on February 19, 2021, last reviewed on February 19, 2021 and expires on February 19, 2024.


This CE activity is accredited for 15.0 Advanced CEH by Airway Management Education Center, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). CAPCE Activity #: 23-AMEC-F3-1000.
Provider #: AMEC1227

AAPA Credit

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category I Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 14.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


14.75 Contact Hours have been provided by the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association Certificate #2021-08. ASTNA is an approved provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing CEP 13575


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).

"Fantastic course!  The whole program was extremely well done and taught me so much.  Well worth the cost!"
Norman McGowin, III, MD
Greenville, AL


The overarching objective of The Difficult Airway Course portfolio of educational offerings is to present a conceptual and practical evidence-based framework for the evaluation and management of patients with a difficult and/or failed airway. This approach accommodates contextual and experiential factors that impact how patients are managed by different practitioners.

Specific Objectives of The Difficult Airway Course: Virtual 2021 are:
Identify the potentially difficult airway and recognize the unanticipated difficult and failed airway.
Determine the appropriate evidence-based, systematic approach for the management of the anatomically and physiologically difficult and failed airway.
Understand the airway management medications, including their advantages and hazards.
Recall how to perform the core techniques of difficult & failed airway management, including bag-mask ventilation, extraglottic device use, rapid sequence intubation, awake intubation, and cricothyrotomy.
Select the appropriate devices and techniques needed to manage difficult and failed airway scenarios, including when and how to use them.
Recall communication and team leadership techniques to optimize airway management.
Extrapolate how the information learned from the first three sections of the Course lead to effective difficult and failed airway management.

Target Audience

The Difficult Airway Course: Virtual 2021™ is intended for all healthcare providers tasked with management of the difficult and failed airway. This includes Emergency Physicians, Anesthesiologists, Intensivists, Hospitalists, Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Physician Assistants, Anesthesiologist Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics, Flight Nurses, and Critical Care Transport Nurses.