46th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting

May 13-15, 2021

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Lake Buena Vista, FL


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The Spring 2021 meeting in magical Orlando, Florida, is certain to be a unique educational experience and, of course, family friendly, and fun. We have a diverse group of faculty, including many of the experts in regional anesthesia and pain medicine and a number of fresh faces who are making an impact in our field. As we embrace the future of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine, ASRA is focused on providing attendees a meeting full of novel ideas and principles for their practice.

Highlights include:

Value Proposition of Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

This is the overarching theme of the meeting and the title for the opening session where we will have three talks discussing the value added by regional anesthesiologists and acute pain physicians from different perspectives. We will also be discussing the outcomes that really matter to patients and other perioperative stakeholders and why this value is still being questioned.

Transition from Acute to Chronic Persistent Pain

By understanding the transition from acute pain to chronic pain, we can predict which patients are most at risk and intervene earlier as acute pain physicians. Our expert faculty will address this topic throughout the program.

Practice Management Portfolio (PMP) and Certificate of Attendance

As healthcare evolves, we must understand how revenue is created in regional anesthesia and acute pain. This program will empower participants with the tools for consistency and reliability in regional anesthesia and acute pain service delivery. A broad experience of lectures, Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLDs), and interactive sessions with expert faculty will be useful for academic and private practice physicians.

Burnout and Physician Wellness

Burnout continues to afflict physicians with a significant impact on physician wellness and patient safety. This special session aims to address this issue by offering solutions participants can implement within their practices.

Hands on Workshops

Clinically focused workshops with low attendee-to-faculty ratios will cover a variety of peripheral blocks for the upper and lower extremities as well as truncal techniques.

Interactive Demonstration Workshop

Faculty will share their clinical pearls and tips for scanning and attendees will have ample opportunities to interact and ask faculty about applications of different blocks for different clinical contexts. We will focus on some of the relatively new described truncal and peripheral nerve blocks.

New Workshops

This year we are introducing new workshops that will focus on regional anesthesia for spine surgery, acupuncture for the acute pain physician, high fidelity simulation for head and neck blocks, “the Big Five” blocks, and  how to make an infographic to present your research.

Innovative Topics

Hot-off-the press blocks, debating whether ultrasound is the new stethoscope, the role of technology and integrative medicine in acute pain management, and a comprehensive and interactive professional development session for how to thrive in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine – these are just a few of the hot topics being offered.

Multidisciplinary Experiences

Lectures and interactive sessions will include multidisciplinary discussion with orthopedic joint and orthopedic trauma surgeons and our chronic pain colleagues.

Case Based Discussion of the Most Recent ASRA guidelines

New Format to the Ask the Expert Interactive Session
Live scanning on the stage,an open Q and A session, and also adopting the short (Snap Talks) format for discussing thoracic wall blocks.


Session will highlight the value of POCUS in the day-to-day clinical practice.

Acute Pain Medicine Session Highlights

Opioid Epidemic, 360-degree discussion: This session will feature discussion of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of different stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental).

50 Shades of Pain: From Acute to Transitional to Chronic Pain: How different models of acute and transitional pain services are run and integrated into different service lines with the health system.

Case Based Discussion for Management of Inpatient Acute Pain

Regional Anesthesia Technical Highlights

World expert faculty for lectures and workshops – Edward Mariano, Vincent Chan, Manoj Karmakar, Colin McCartney, Nabil Elkassabany, Karen Boretsky, Michael Barrington, Brian Sites, Ban Tsui, Sandra Kopp, Carlo Franco, Ki Jinn Chin, and more

  • PoCUS with our experts Stephen Haskins, Anahi Perlas, and Jan Boublik
  • Open-Scanning sessions with our amazing faculty for participants looking to hone their skills
  • Master Classes with our expert faculty for those already proficient in regional anesthesia
  • New Blocks on the Block workshop with the latest concepts

Networking Opportunities

  • Welcome Networking Reception
  • Resident/Fellow and Fellowship Directors Meet and Greet
  • Saturday Celebration, a kid-friendly, casual beach party on Shipwreck Beach

Expansive exhibit hall located in the center of the lecture and workshop activity

Access the Spring 2020 meeting site here.