2023 WSSA/BCAS Joint Meeting

December 2–3, 2023 | Bellevue, Washington

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WSSA is excited to host our annual Joint Scientific Meeting with the British Columbia Anesthesiologists' Society! This will be the first year WSSA plays host in-person since 2019, due to the pandemic. We have an incredible lineup of speakers who will share some industry trends, insights, and expertise on the status of anesthesiology from both the American and Canadian perspectives.  


Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FASA, FAMIA, FCPP
President, American Medical Association

Lucie Filteau, MD, FRCPC
President, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society
 "U.S. and Canada Policy Perspectives: Shared Challenges Facing the Future of Anesthesiology"

A discussion on the present landscape and future challenges to anesthesia and medicine in the US and Canada. This discussion will encapsulate the regulatory, political and financial challenges of caring for patients in North America.

Ragen Chastain, BCPA (she/her)
"Anesthesia for Every Body - Caring for our Higher-Weight Patients"

Christopher D. Kent, MD
"How to Practice To Avoid Malpractice; What we Can Learn form Closed Claims Reviews"

This discussion will focus on closed malpractice claims, consent, and documentation. We will review how to practice and work within these domains. This discussion will help prepare anesthesiologist for the problems and pitfalls of being involved or named in a malpractice suit.


Vishal Varshney, MD, FRCP
"Updates on Acute Pain" 

Management of acute pain has evolved over the years to include a variety of modalities and treatments. This lecture aims to highlight the evidence and challenges of managing acute pain, from pharmacologic to interventional options. 

Wade Weigel, MD, FASA
"Summary of Emerging Evidence"

A discussion about the ASA's Summaries of Emerging Evidence (SEE), an education product summarizing the best of emerging anesthesia and critical care research. This discussion will include examples of this process of reviewing and selecting articles as well as examples from SEE.


WSSA Members $175
Washington State/Students/Residents/Fellows $25
Washington State Non-Members  $275
Out-of-State Non-Members/Non-Canadian  $350
One Day Registration  $125

NEW - Sponsor a resident or medical student of your choice! In order to make the meeting affordable to residents/fellows/medical students, and to introduce WSSA to students and encourage their future membership, we are giving WSSA members the opportunity to pay the $25 registration fee for a resident, fellow or medical student. If you would like to participate, please make that selection in your registration form. Questions? Please contact the WSSA Office.

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome!

Program Schedule

 Saturday, December 2, 2023

 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

 Registration & Exhibits 
 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM   Buffet Networking Lunch
 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Vishal Varshney, MD, FRCP
"Updates on Acute Pain" 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wade Weigel, MD, FASA
"Summary of Emerging Evidence"

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM 


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FASA, FAMIA, FCPP & Lucie Filteau, MD, FRCPC
 "U.S. and Canada Policy Perspectives: Shared Challenges Facing the Future of Anesthesiology"

 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Welcome Reception (heavy hors d'oeuvres) 
6:00 PM  Open Evening 


 Sunday, December 3, 2023 

 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  Registration & Breakfast with Exhibitors 
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Christopher D. Kent, MD
"How to Practice to Avoid Malpractice; What We Can Learn form Closed Claims Reviews"
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ragen Chastain, BCPA (she/her) 
"Anesthesia for Every Body - Caring for our Higher-Weight Patients"
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ragen Chastain, Sandy Pitfield, MD and Lisa Erlanger, MD
Comprehensive Anesthesia Care for Higher Weight Patients: an Expert Discussion

Hotel Information

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre 
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Parking Information
Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle's Eastside
900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, Washington 98004-4272 USA

*Location of Joint Meeting

The WSSA Rate will be offered 2 Days before and after the meeting, based on availability. 

Prices start at $199 US per night

 *Book by November 17, 2023 to receive the group rate! 


Sponsorship/Exhibitor Information 

Top reasons to sponsor/exhibit at the Annual WSSA/BCAS Joint Scientific Meeting 2024:

  • Make connections with approximately 150-200 anesthesiologists from Washington State and British Columbia.
  • Breakfast and Coffee Breaks are in the exhibit area for maximum exposure.
  • Reconnect with existing clients throughout the region for the first state-side hosted Joint Scientific Meeting since the pandemic.
  • Experience the magic of the holiday season in downtown Bellevue! 
Register to Exhibit/Sponsor 

Exhibitor Opportunities

1 Table $450
2 Tables $900
3 Tables $1,350
4 Tables $1,800


  • Each table is 6'x3' and skirted with two chairs
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • 2 representatives per table, per day (Lunch on Saturday/Breakfast on Sunday)  

*Contact the office if your table requires electricity and we will put you in touch with the hotel. 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Why not enhance your visibility, gain a more powerful presence, and increase your impact with WSSA and BCAS members? All sponsorships include an exhibit table and allow up to two representatives per day. 

Sponsorship Levels
Lunch Sponsor (Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023) $5,000
Breakfast Sponsor (Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023) $3,000
Coffee Break Sponsor (Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023) $1,000


  • A sign in the registration area
  • Recognition in conference emails,
  • Commercial support display for your exhibit,
  • Commercial support ribbon for your representatives 
  • Recognition on the WSSA website.

Exhibitor Shipping Information
  • Packages may arrive at the Hyatt Regency no sooner than three business days before the event date.
  • Keep your planning manager updated on approximately how many packages you expect to have shipped in order to ensure appropriate storage space. 
  • There is no storage space for crates, pallets, or other over-sized shipments. Please contact your planning manager with any questions.
  • When shipping multiple packages, please make sure to number in the following fashion: 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received one month before the date of the event will be provided a refund minus a $75 processing fee. If the cancellation is received between one month and two weeks before the event no refund will be provided, but the agreed upon exhibit table/sponsorship can be moved to another meeting within one year. Any price differences between meetings will apply. No refunds or accommodations will be made within two weeks of the event.

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 the 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 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement 

The CME activity is not supported by any educational grants from ineligible companies.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing medical education purposes and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Disclosure Policy

The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

CME Claim

Post-conference, you will receive an email from the American Society of Anesthesiologists to claim credit. Please follow these directions to complete the evaluation, claim credit, and print a certificate. 

Please note you must claim your credits for this course by December 31, 2023. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.