Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education Portfolio Cadaver Course

November 6-7, 2021

Northwestern Simulation

Chicago, IL

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 course has been rescheduled for 2021. Registration for the next course will open in the summer of 2021. Thank you for your understanding.


ASRA's Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education Portfolio Cadaver Course begins with pre-course eLearning before you arrive, which allows for maximum hands-on practice time with expert faculty once you are onsite.

Course curriculum includes a comprehensive suite of 10 eLearning videos. These are an integral part of the program and must be completed prior to attending the weekend course. The mandatory video modules will take an estimated 5.25 hours to complete and cover these topics:

  • Basic ultrasound and needling approaches
  • Ultrasound physics, artifacts, pitfalls, and complications
  • General introduction, ultrasound-guided nerve blocks: Are they better than nerve stimulation?
  • Upper limb nerve block options and evidence supporting their use
  • Lower limb nerve blocks and ultrasound safety
  • Sonoanatomy and techniques for truncal and chest
  • Billing and documentation in different jurisdictions
  • Local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)

Once you arrive on site for this intensive weekend course, you'll spend the bulk of the time doing hands-on practice in small groups with expert faculty leaders. You'll learn about each focused area via both hands-on live model scanning and cadaver needling as well as using meat phantom needling, clinical scenarios, and anatomy stations. As you rotate through the stations, you'll be able to practice on upper limb, lower limb, and chest and trunk areas. You'll be supported by world-renowned faculty sharing their knowledge and experience in a highly interactive, small group learning environment.

This course satisfies requirements for the ASRA-ASA UGRA Education and Clinical Training Portfolio.

Scientific/Educational Planning Committee

Derek Dillane, MB BCh, FCARCSI, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Stuart Grant, MB ChB, FRCA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (Chair)

Here's what past attendees have said:
"This is undoubtedly the best and most productive CME event I have attended!"

"This training significantly helped me to understand ultrasound navigation."

"I really liked how all the blocks were covered in two days with ample time for scanning on live
models and cadavers."

"I was extremely impressed with the quality of the conference."

November 2019 course site