Refresher Course for Family Physician Anesthetists

Refresher Course for Family Physician Anesthetists


Target Audience:

This virtual course is specifically designed as a refresher for Family Physician Anesthetists (FPAs), residents, and students.

Course Format: Interactive virtual conference with small group workshops and lots of opportunities for networking.
  • Nov 5, 2020
  • Nov 6, 2020

Online from Vancouver
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We are excited to be able to bring you the VIRTUAL version of this year's FPA Refresher. While we recognize it won't be quite the same as meeting up in person, we have worked hard to make this course as interactive as possible, with opportunities for networking and connecting online.

This course is specifically designed as a refresher course for Family Physician Anesthetists (FPAs). Designed to be intimate, we have taken your suggestions to heart and will be offering a variety of lectures and small group workshops throughout the program. The lectures and workshops cover a wide range of topics that were chosen to respond to the needs of family physicians practicing anesthesia in smaller rural communities. We hope you'll be able to join us this fall from the comfort of your home or office (pants optional). 


AGENDA: Thursday NOV 5

Learning objectives will be added/updated as they are received.

1225 - 1230

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. John McAlpine
1230 - 1330

COVID Update: A Panel Discussion

Learning Objectives:

  1. To present an approach to airway management of a patient with critical illness secondary to COVID 19 in a rural setting.
  2. To discuss a team-based approach to airway management of a patient with suspected COVID 19 infection 
  3. To review the most current recommendations around PPE and aerosol-generating medical procedures including intubation and various oxygen delivery methods.
  4. To discuss the concept of “protected codes blue”.
  5. To review evidence around optimal oxygenation strategies for patients with respiratory failure secondary to COVID 19 infection prior to positive pressure ventilation.
  6. To discuss optimal ventilation strategies for patients with COVID 19 who require positive pressure ventilation (considerations for both non-invasive and invasive ventilation strategies)
  7. To review evidence-based medical therapies currently in use and some that show promise for future use.
  8. A review of lessons learned from ICU management of patients with confirmed COVID 19 In Vancouver.

Dr. Jesse Guscott
Dr. Tom Kuca
Dr. Shannon Lockhart
Dr. Adam Peets

1330 - 1415

Pediatric Awareness during Anesthesia

Learning Objectives:

  1. What a child perceives whilst under anesthesia is unknown and auditory and tactile perception and recall of those perceptions may be more common than we think.
  2. Auditory recall is more common at induction and emergence
  3. The use of muscle relaxants without analgesia, anesthesia, anxiolysis, or amnesia is torture.
  4. We have jobs because of patients. The patients must always stay our primary focus. Respect for patients never fails us.
Dr. Mark Gale
1415 - 1430 Bio Break / Networking / Exhibits
1430 - 1515 Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1  

A1   Pediatric Anesthesia Q&A

Learning Objectives:

  1. For the group to share opinions regarding various Pediatric Anesthesia techniques and the preferences for those techniques. We will appraise the advantages and pitfalls with different approaches.
  2. To solicit opinions on approaches to two specific challenging Pediatric Anesthesia cases.
Dr. Mark Gale

B1   POCUS for Evaluating & Managing Shock

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and apply a simple POCUS protocol to help rapidly diagnose the subtype(s) of shock.
  2. Interpret certain scans including the pleura, sub-xiphoid cardiac window, and inferior vena cava to rapidly rule in / rule out different causes of shock.
  3. Appreciate that POCUS is a physical skill that also requires hands-on practice time and review options of how to obtain further training opportunities.
Dr. Jonathan Wallace

C1   Acute Pain Prevention & Intervention

Learning Objectives:

  1. To discuss management of common acute pain problems
  2. To discuss multimodal methods for management of acute pain
  3. To discuss management of complex acute pain problems including perioperative management of buprenorphine
  4. To discuss the perioperative management of cannabis
Dr. Ainsley Sutherland
  D1   Chronic Pain Prevention & Intervention Dr. Vishal Varshney
1515 - 1530 Bio Break / Networking / Exhibits
1530 - 1615

Rural Trauma and the Role of the FP Anesthetist

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe some of the challenges involved in caring for multiple complex trauma patients in rural and community hospitals.
  2. Identify the important roles that family practice anesthetists can contribute as members of rural trauma care teams.
  3. List considerations in the management of multi-victim trauma in rural settings.
Dr. Jesse Guscott
1615 End of Day One
1645 - 1730 Virtual Social Activity - details to be announced!

AGENDA: Friday NOV 6

Learning objectives will be added/updated as they are received.

0755 - 0800 Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Kirk McCarroll
0800 - 0845 Prevention & Management of Post-Op Delirium Dr. Bev Orser
0845 - 0930

The Meaning of MINS

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the significance of perioperative myocardial injury
  2. Describe the issues surrounding the pathophysiology of perioperative myocardial injury
  3. Develop a plan for patients with a perioperative myocardial injury
Dr. Ron Ree
0930 - 1000 Bio Break / Networking / Exhibits
1000 - 1045 Concurrent Breakout Sessions #2  
  E1   Challenging OB Cases Dr. Anton Chau

F1   Telehell: Virtual Airway Simulation

Historically the airway workshop at this conference has been largely technical but there is a growing realization that the more important elements are cognitive and non-technical. With help from a volunteer, we will deliver low-fidelity simulated scenarios which we will then debrief as a group. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. To improve the development and communication of an airway plan
  2. To refine the ability to predict a difficult airway
  3. To develop a practical approach to topicalizing an airway for awake intubation
  4. To illustrate that a high fidelity manikin or airway task trainer is not necessary for airway training
Dr. John Veall
  G1   Regional Anesthesia Pearls Dr. Steve Petrar

H1   Hip Fracture Management

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss an evidence-based approach to hip fracture anesthetic management
  2. Review anesthetic controversies in hip fracture management
  3. Review the evidence for peripheral nerve blocks in patients with hip fractures
Dr. Trina Montemurro
1045 - 1100 Bio Break / Networking / Exhibits
1100 - 1145 Concurrent Breakout Sessions #3  

E2   Challenging OB Cases

Learning Objectives: See above

Dr. Anton Chau

F2   Telehell: Virtual Airway Simulation

Learning Objectives: See above

Dr. John Veall

G2   Regional Anesthesia Pearls

Learning Objectives: See above

Dr. Steve Petrar

H2   Hip Fracture Management

Learning Objectives: See above

Dr. Trina Montemurro
1145 - 1155 Move to Main Room
1155 - 1240

OB Update

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what high flow nasal oxygen therapy is and potential uses in obstetric anesthesia
  2. Learn how complications from accidental dural puncture can affect the patient and devise a plan for ensuring appropriate followup of these patients in your practice
  3. Find out the latest about PIEB for labour epidural analgesia and determine if a good fit for your practice
Dr. Roanne Preston
1240 Closing Remarks / End of Program
1300 - 1430

BC Anesthesiologists' FPA Business Meeting

This optional business meeting will include updates on:

  • BMI Fee Modifier
  • BCAS Representation
  • Other issues related to FPA practice in BC

Hosted by: Drs. Roland Orfaly, Christie Avenant, Robin Sutmoller


Early bird registration: Mon. Oct 12, 2020 | Add to calendar +

  By Oct 12 After Oct 12
Physicians $350 $400
Residents & Students $150 $150


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