Continuing Medical Education (CME) Opportunities

Obstetric Anesthesia Symposium

Basic TEE Review Course
Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) is a valuable, minimally-invasive tool for intraoperative evaluation of hemodynamic function. All anesthesia providers should be proficient at a basic level of TEE, to be able to troubleshoot and identify significant changes in intravascular volume, cardiac contractility or valvular function. During this course the basic principles of perioperative TEE monitoring will be reviewed, as well as the impact of TEE: from extreme scenarios (intraoperative cardiac arrest or severe hemodynamic instability) to routine monitoring in patients who may experience significant intraoperative fluid shifts.

Obstetric Anesthesia Symposium
This symposium focuses on a variety of topics with the intent of educating both anesthesia providers and obstetric practitioners on best anesthetic practices for the management of peripartum patients. The knowledge and skills of each provider should increase by attending this symposium; and by applying the concepts and skills learned, enable them to provide superior care and experience improved positive outcomes in the care of their obstetric patients.

Operations Research for Surgical Services
This course is given by Dr. Franklin Dexter of the Division of Management Consulting.  The purpose of the course is to teach participants how to apply principles of analytics (descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive) to solve problems in operating room management.

Regional Anesthesia Study Center of Iowa (RASCI) 
RASCI workshops offer basic and advanced teaching and hands-on practice in regional anesthesia. Anatomy is cadaver-based. Demonstration of all surface anatomy, nerve block and catheter techniques are on human volunteers. Highly valuable and unique hands-on sessions include small group ultrasound scanning on human volunteers, as well as nerve block and catheter technique practice on anesthetized pigs, all under direct guidance of expert regional anesthesia faculty members.

Statistical Methods for Anesthesia
The instructor is Dr. Franklin Dexter of the Division of Management Consulting.  This course is a customized instructional program in statistical methods for anesthesia to help investigators identify statistical problems.  Continuing Medical Education credit is not offered for this program.