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45th Annual Virginia Apgar Seminar

45th Annual Virginia Apgar Seminar

March 15 - 17, 2019

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Disney Springs Area, Orlando, FL

Description & Objectives

The 45th Annual Virginia Apgar Seminar will present a lecture and panel discussion program on recent advances in obstetric anesthesia. After this seminar, the seminar attendee should be able to discuss and describe advances in the practice of obstetric anesthesia, including fundamental considerations, recent advances, problems, pitfalls and maternal anesthesia challenges. This program is intended for both anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. The program syllabus containing summaries of all talks will be available for all registrants in PDF form on a flash drive.


  • Frank Moya, MD
    General Chairman, Frank Moya Continuing Education Programs, LLC. Coral Gables, FL
  • Katherine Arendt, MD
    Division Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Helene Finegold, MD
    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Associate Residency Director, Department of Anesthesiology, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Barbara L. Leighton, MD
    Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief, Section of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA
    Assistant Director Nurse Anesthesia Program, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • Manuel Vallejo, MD, DMD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • David Wlody, MD
    Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY


This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20.00 Class A* CE Credits; Code Number 1036320; Expiration Date 03/17/2019. AANA designates this program as meeting the criteria for up to 7.25 CE Credits in pharmacology/therapeutics. *CRNAs may apply excess Class A required CE’s (beyond 60 per four-year cycle) to fulfill the Class B requirements. CRNAs must earn a minimum of 40 Class B credits every four-year recertification cycle.

Approved by Frank Moya Continuing Education Programs, LLC. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1754, for 20 contact hours; and Florida Board of Nursing, Provider Number FBN 2210 for 20 contact hours.


The Frank Moya Continuing Education Programs, LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Frank Moya Continuing Education Programs, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Hotel Accommodations

The course takes place at the Hilton Resort, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 located just across the street from Disney Springs® in Florida. You’ll enjoy luxurious amenities such as the pool and cabana bar, and official Disney shops in the hotel. Complimentary unlimited transportation from the Hilton whisks you to Epcot®, Disney-Hollywood Studios®, Disney Springs® and Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom.

  • Single / Double Occupancy (plus taxes, gratuities): $223.00
  • Triple Occupancy (plus taxes, gratuities): $243.00
  • Quad Occupancy (plus taxes, gratuities): $263.00


  Friday March 15, 2019  
08:00 AM - 08:45 AM What's New in OB Anesthesia Katherine Arendt, MD
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM Employing Techniques to Prevent Epidural Catheter Failure Manuel Vallejo, MD, DMD
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM The Effectiveness of TXA in Reducing Blood Loss Following C-Section Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Preoperative Evaluation Helene Finegold, MD
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Non-obstetric Surgery David Wlody, MD
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch Break
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM How to Work Around Drug Shortages in Obstetric Anesthesia Barbara L. Leighton, MD
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM Neurologic Complications of Regional Anesthesia in Obstetrics David Wlody, MD
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM How to Employ the Patient Experience to Improve Anesthesia Care Manuel Vallejo, MD, DMD
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM Epidural Fever: Fact or Fiction? Katherine Arendt, MD
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel

  Saturday March 16, 2019  
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Nutrition During Labor and Delivery: It's Time to Feed the Need Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM How to Disclose Adverse Events to Patients Barbara L. Leighton, MD
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Maternal Hemorrhage David Wlody, MD
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Promoting a Healthy Working Environment Manuel Vallejo, MD, DMD
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Gluten-Free Anesthesia Helene Finegold, MD
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel

  Sunday March 17, 2019  
08:00 AM - 08:45 AM Obstetric Anesthesia for Women with Heart Disease Katherine Arendt, MD
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM Enhanced Recovery Following Elective Cesarean Delivery Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM OR Emergencies, Trauma and Burns Helene Finegold, MD
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Caring for Substance Abusing Parturients Barbara L. Leighton, MD
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Preventing Maternal Mortality Katherine Arendt, MD
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel
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