When one imagines Mexico, images of perpetual sun, beach and sea permeate the senses. For the past 21 years, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico beckons anesthesiologists from around the world. However, they don’t come for the 80 degree temperature year-round, or the scenic beaches, but to attend the annual Practical Updates in Anesthesiology, hosted by the University of Michigan’s Department of Anesthesiology.
The annual convention offers 25 continuing medical education (CME) credit hours towards competency maintenance for attendees. The courses are designed to align with the goals of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide medical education to continuously improve physicians’ practice and care of patients.
This year, the conference was held at the Westin Resort and Spa, a new venue for the conference. When attendees weren’t participating in the educational sessions, they had the opportunity to enjoy one of Mexico’s most enticing coastal destinations. Puerto Vallarta still boasts the scenic boardwalks and beaches like the Vallarta depicted in the1964 film, “The Night of the Iguana.”
The week-long course offered the opportunity for anesthesiologists across the country and around the world to convene to discuss practical updates in clinical subspecialty areas of Anesthesiology. Speakers were comprised of faculty members from the U-M Department of Anesthesiology; each faculty presented on topics reflective of their expertise and clinical discipline. Topics included:
- "Systems-Based Approaches for Effective Problem Solving"
- "Altered Mental Status After Orthotopic Liver Transplant"
- "Controlled Substance Monitoring in the Age of the Opioid Epidemic"
- "Recent advances in Neuroradiology and their impact on Anesthesia providers"
- "Anesthetic Depth, Ventilation and Fluids: Too Much or Too Little "
Intrigued? It’s never too early to plan for the twenty-second annual Practical Updates in Anesthesiology February 3-8, 2019.