49th Annual Refresher Course for Nurse Anesthetists

Continuing Education Seminars

49th Annual Refresher Course for Nurse Anesthetists

November 6 - 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 this meeting has been postponed until November 5 - 7, 2021

Description & Objectives

The 49th Annual Refresher Course for Nurse Anesthetists will present a lecture and panel discussion program on recent advances in clinical anesthesia. After this seminar, the seminar attendee should be able to discuss and describe practical considerations in anesthesia,common problems and anesthetic challenges in the practice of anesthesia. The program is intended primarily for nurse anesthetists. The program syllabus containing summaries of all talks will be available for all registrants in PDF form on a flash drive.


  • Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
    Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Mario P. Grasso, II, CRNA, DNAP
    Staff Nurse Anesthetists, Division of Nurse Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Lisa Osborne-Smith, PhD, CRNA
    Associate Professor and Program Director, School of Nursing, Staff CRNA, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
    Associate Professor, Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
    Zinder Anesthesia, LLC; Director, Maryland Emergency Response, Baltimore, MD


This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A* CE Credits; Code number 1038995; expiration date November 8, 2020. AANA designates this program as meeting the criteria for up to 7.00 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

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. The special group room rate of $195 (plus applicable taxes, currently 12.5%) will be available until October 6, 2020 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Guests reserved in the designated group block will not be charged a Resort Service Fee, will receive complimentary guest room internet and 50% discount on self-parking (plus tax per car per day). A first night's deposit is required, refundable up to 5 days in advance of arrival. To make reservations call 1 - 800 - 782 - 4414.


Friday November 06, 2020
08:00 AM - 08:45 AM Personal Devices in the Operating Room: OMG or WTH? Mario P. Grasso, II, CRNA, DNAP
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM Systematic Approach to Differential Diagnoses Lisa Osborne-Smith, PhD, CRNA
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Patient Safety Advocacy Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Treatment Modalities in the Treatment of Post-Dural Puncture Headache Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Stress Management for Healthcare Providers Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Adjourn for Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Generating Positive Outcomes Through Verbal Communication Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM Anesthesia Considerations for Gender Affirming Surgeries Lisa Osborne-Smith, PhD, CRNA
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM Management of the Chronic Pain Patient During Surgery Using ERAS Principles Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM Cerebral Oximetry: Canary or Dodo? Mario P. Grasso, II, CRNA, DNAP
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel
Saturday November 07, 2020
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Coworkers/Bullies in the Workplace Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Propofol: Good, Bad, Ugly Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Anesthesia for the Upper Extremity Lisa Osborne-Smith, PhD, CRNA
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Consensus Statement on the Anesthetic Management of Postpartum Women Receiving Thromboprophylaxis or Higher Dose Anticoagulants Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Neuromuscular Blockade and Antagonism: The Cyclodextrin That Changes Everything Mario P. Grasso, II, CRNA, DNAP
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel
Sunday November 08, 2020
08:00 AM - 08:45 AM Aviation and Anesthesia: Lessons From Our Unexpected Colleagues Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM Surgical Site Infection in GYN Surgery and Beyond: The CRNAs Responsibility Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM The Cardiac Patient for Non-Cardiac Surgery: Algorithms, Stents and Other Things You Need to Know Mario P. Grasso, II, CRNA, DNAP
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Single Dose Methadone for Complex Pain Management Lisa Osborne-Smith, PhD, CRNA
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Burnout: How to Avoid It Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Interactive Discussion Faculty Panel