ASRA and NYSORA Join Forces for the World Congress in New York

By Arthur Atchabahian, MD    Jan 8, 2018

ASRA’s 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Meeting in New York City in April 2018 will also include the New York Society of Regional Anesthesia (NYSORA) Mini-Boutique Workshop: 3D Anatomy and Lower Abdominal and Extremity Blocks, based on the model of the boutique workshops held by NYSORA several times a year. Based on my participation as faculty to previous NYSORA workshops, I can strongly recommend attending this session.

It will be held on April 21st from 8-11:45 am. Faculty will include Admir Hadzic, MD, PhD, Michael Akerman, MD, Daryl Henshaw, MD, J. Doug Jaffe, MD, Ana Lopez, MD and Catherine Vandepitte, MD.

The workshop consists of brief didactic sessions, followed by 3D anatomy presentations and ultrasound scanning demonstrations. Delegates then break up into small groups with instructors for practical hands-on scanning on live models and discussion of case management. Note that this workshop will cover basic blocks and is not intended for advanced ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia practitioners.

The 3D anatomy system is an impressive computerized tool that allows peeling off tissue layers and rotating and zooming at will. In a few minutes, your grasp of topographical anatomy will jump to the next level, without the smell of formalin.

New tissue simulators (MINISIM; will also be available. They allow for practicing ultrasound tissue recognition and hand-eye coordination using in-plane and out-of-plane ultrasound guidance approaches.

The objectives for this workshop include reviewing functional and 3-D anatomy as the basis of the practice of peripheral nerve blocks, learning about emerging technologies for nerve blocks, and understanding nerve block complications and strategies for their prevention. We hope to see you there!