First look at new Snap Talk format

  • Snap-Talks: Give Us 10 Minutes and We Will Give You an Update
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday
  • West, Room 2006

ASA is unveiling a new lecture format at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018. Snap Talks will provide a quick look at the most important elements of five different topics. The format debuts this year with “Give Us 10 Minutes and We Will Give You an Update.”

“This is our first trial of an idea that will come to fruition at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019,” said Meg Rosenblatt, M.D., FASA, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “People have better retention and are more engaged in a shorter, more focused lecture. So, we are offering five, 10-minute lectures with room for questions. This is a look at the future of our annual meetings.”

Meg Rosenblatt, M.D., FASA, moderates a new lecture format at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018.

Dr. Rosenblatt will moderate the inaugural Snap Talk session and present the latest updates on PEC blocks for surgery of the breast and chest. She will chair ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 in Washington, D.C.

All of the presenters are active in organizing ASA’s annual meetings, Dr. Rosenblatt said. The group has been exploring adult learning alternatives to boost the impact of annual meeting sessions. The goal, Dr. Rosenblatt said, is for attendees to walk away with one or two pearls from each of the five sessions.

Sulpicio G. Soriano, M.D., FAAP, FASA, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuroanesthsia and Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, will discuss age-related differences of anesthesia on the central nervous system and the potential impact of anesthesia on children, while Joy L. Hawkins, M.D., FASA, Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will discuss the latest in tranexamic acid (TXA) for obstetric hemorrhage.

David L. Hepner, M.D., M.P.H., FASA, Associate Director of the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will discuss the implications of new perioperative guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. William R. Furman, M.D., Physician Hospital Surveyor at the Joint Commission, will review the key elements in preparing for a Joint Commission survey in a procedural area.

“These are the hottest topics in anesthesiology today,” Dr. Rosenblatt said. “If you listen to a 60-minute lecture, you are not absorbing 60 minutes of information. We are each picking out the essential points that you need to know from that 60 minutes and putting it into 10 minutes that you can focus on, absorb and remember.”

There is solid evidence that TXA saves lives during obstetric hemorrhage, for example. So, should you be using it in every OB patient? There is a tremendous amount going on in terms of the brain and anesthesia, including an advisory on pediatric anesthesia from the Food and Drug Administration. What does that mean in terms of practice, especially for general anesthesia in infants and young children?

“We all have different styles of learning,” Dr. Rosenblatt said. “As you look through the program, you will see that we have made every effort to offer workshops, case-based studies, traditional lectures, panels and self-study. Snap Talks are another tool in our educational armamentarium. We want attendees to come to the session in San Francisco, try it, see if you like it — and let us know if this is something you want to see more of as we plan meetings over the next few years.”

Dr. Sulpicio G. Soriano, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018 Chair, San Francisco.


Dr. Joy L. Hawkins, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 Chair, Orlando.


Dr. Meg Rosentblatt, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 Chair, Washington, D.C.


Dr. David L. Hepner, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 Chair, San Diego.


Dr. William R. Furman, Committee on Scientific Advisory Chair.

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