2019 WSSA Spring Scientific Meeting

Saturday, May 4, 2019
7:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Museum of Flight | 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108

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Thank you to all who were able to join us at the Museum of Flight for our 2019 Spring Scientific Meeting! We hope you gained important insights and had many key take-aways from this event.

Please join us for our next event: the 2019 WSSA/BCAS Joint Meeting on Friday, December 6. More information about the event will be available in the coming months. 

About the Meeting

At the 2019 Spring Scientific Meeting, attendees have ample opportunity to network and enjoy relevant sessions pertaining to crucial topics in anesthesiology. Comment on current policies and compare best practices with new colleagues.

At the meeting, you will receive:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Free, convenient Parking
  • Complimentary admission to explore the Museum of Flight until 5:00 PM
  • Four hours toward your CME requirements

Registration Rates

WSSA Member Free
Non WSSA Member
WA Anesthesiologist Resident
Non WSSA Member
Anesthesiologist or out of state Anesthesiologist

This event has now passed.

Cancellation Policy: There is a 48-hour cancellation policy for all registered guests. All no-shows will be charged $25.

Meeting Program

7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:00 – 8:55 AM A Private Practice Preoperative Clinic Model: Supporting the Perioperative Surgical Home Initiative

Dr. Sheryl Marks

This presentation will focus on the experience of building, staffing and overseeing a Preadmit Clinic in a private practice setting and how this intersects with the concept of the Perioperative Surgical Home.

Learning Objectives:

  • Make the clinical case for a Preadmit Clinic in the private practice setting
  • Make the business case for a Preadmit Clinic in the private practice setting
  • Describe how our Preadmit Clinic intersects with the concept of the Perioperative Surgical Home

Dr. Sheryl Marks is a private practice physician anesthesiologist in Seattle and has been with her current group, USAP-WA—formerly Physicians Anesthesia Service—since 2007. She enjoys a wide range of clinical roles including providing anesthesia services for general surgery, thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and obstetrical care. She is the current Medical Director of the Swedish Medical Center Preadmit Clinic which serves patients undergoing surgery at the First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard campuses. 

9:00 – 9:55 AM

Leveraging Real World Data to Drive Clinical Practice
Dr. Daniel Low

Clinical staff at the front lines of healthcare spend an increasing amount of time entering data in the EMR systems. Once that digitized healthcare data is generated, it is hard to get it out of the system. That hinders our ability to develop into a "learning health system." In this presentation, you will learn to view clinical and operational outcomes through the lens of industrial process engineering, understand basic concepts of variation and to distinguish noise from signal.  I will demonstrate who we are able to use this "real world data" to solve big problems (e.g. over use of opioids).

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the terms: Real World Data, Real World Evidence
  • Describe the differences between noise and signal in the context of variation observed in data.
  • State real examples of how attendees could use the above concepts to drive improvement work in their only hospitals.

Dr. Daniel Low is an attending pediatric anesthesiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, and a passionate educator with numerous teaching awards and continues to teach classes monthly at the Washington Institute of Simulation in Healthcare. His published research interests include human factors, patient safety, lean-methodology and technology. His stated career goal is to help save lives lost in healthcare systems by reducing and eventually eliminating preventable harm. Dr. Low believes this is achievable by leveraging outcome-based data to drive system improvements and coupling this with industry-wide human factors training to create expert teams.

10:00 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break & Networking
10:30 – 11:25 AM

Regional Blocks Useful in Private Practice
Dr. Lauren Steffel

This presentation will cover the anatomy, indications, and techniques for peripheral nerve blocks commonly used in private practice.

After completion of this activity, the participants will be able to:
  • Identify relevant anatomy for common peripheral nerve blocks.
  • Understand the indications and contraindications for common peripheral nerve blocks.
  • Perform techniques for successful peripheral nerve blocks.

Lauren Steffel is a regional anesthesiologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She directs the VA regional rotation for University of Washington anesthesiology residents, which is the highest-rated resident rotation within the department. She has also taught at regional workshops held by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). Lauren completed residency at Stanford University Medical Center, fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and was awarded ASRA resident of the year award in 2016. 

11:30 AM – 12:25 PM

PeriOp Management of Implanted Cardiac Devices
Dr. Pingping Song

This presentation will be focused on the understanding, interrogation and management of the cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) in the perioperative setting. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the common modes of cardiac pacemakers.
  • Understand the electromagnetic interference.
  • Manage the common pacemakers and AICDS for patients undergoing surgery. 
Dr. Song received her medical degree and anesthesiology training at Beijing Medical University in Beijing. Following a MS in the Neurobiology Graduate Program at Duke University, she served as a Research Assistant in the department of Neurology at Duke. She completed her second anesthesiology residency training and two fellowships (Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. From October 2015 to December 2018, Dr. Song was a staff anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. In addition, she served as the Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Lahey from July 2017 to December 2018. Since January 2019, she has been an assistant professor in the department of Anesthesiology at University of Washington Medical Center.
12:30 – 1:30 PM Luncheon & Networking
1:30 – 5:00 PM Visit the Museum of Flight (registered attendees will receive complimentary Museum admission)
2:00 – 8:00 PM Board/Strategic Planning Session

The Museum of Flight

After the event, you and your colleagues will have the chance to explore the exciting Museum of Flight, home to hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, and other fun artifacts. Located right near the heart of Seattle, the Museum is conveniently located for all attendees to come and enjoy a beautiful day in the city.

Start Exploring the Museum

ACCME Accreditation and Designation Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.