Featured Sessions

Artificial Intelligence in Perioperative Medicine: Moving from Big Data to Smart Data
Saturday, October 19 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Presented by: Maxime Cannesson, M.D., Ph.D., Eran Halperin, Ph.D., Samir M. Kendale, M.D., FASA

The volume of health-related data generated in the perioperative setting is growing exponentially. Today, new analytical techniques are available to augment the value of these data. Specifically, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches has potential to radically change our understanding of patients’ risk trajectory and our clinical management. This panel will cover 1) the basics of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques applied to anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, 2) potential applications of machine learning using multimodal data sources in the perioperative setting, and 3) practical approaches focusing on machine learning to predict post-induction hypotension.


Physician Suicide: What You Can Do to Save a Life
Saturday, October 19 | 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Presented by: Catherine M Kuhn, M.D., Michael F Myers, M.D., Ron Harter, M.D.

This panel will address identification of those at risk of death by suicide, and what can be done to try to reduce its incidence. Resources and strategies will also be offered to manage the aftermath of death by suicide in a colleague.


Late-Breaking Panel-Burnout and Wellness: Who's Doing What and Why?
Sunday, October 20 | 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Presented by: Matthew B. Weinger, M.D., M.S., Amy E. Vinson, M.D.

This panel will provide the context of the forthcoming National Academies of Sciences report on clinician burnout as well as describe the organization of the ASA’s response to this need. We will describe how your organization can and should improve clinician well-being and what role you can play. This will include discussion of personal to policy level efforts to advocate improvement for physician well-being.


Perioperative Lung Dysfunction: New Understanding, New Approaches
Sunday, October 20 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Marcos Vidal Melo, M.D., Lora Reineck, M.D.

This session provides an up-to-date report on current basic, translational and clinical progress bringing new advances to the understanding of perioperative lung injury: its mechanisms, detection, prevention and treatment.


AUA: An Academic Perspective on the Future of Anesthesiology
Sunday, October 20 | 4 – 5 p.m.

Presented by: Michael S. Avidan, B.Ch., M.B., FRCA, Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., MBA, Julie K. Freed, M.D., Ph.D.

Telemedicine, artificial intelligence and machine learning will revolutionize anesthesiology practice and perioperative medicine. The first speaker will provide an update on exciting developments in these areas. Big data allow us to answer fundamental questions, and can drive precision anesthesiology, quality improvement and patient safety. The second speaker will show how Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG) and Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE) are changing our ability to rapidly learn and improve practice. The third speaker will describe the exciting expansion of early stage anesthesiology scholars. She will elaborate how academic physician anesthesiologists must be strong voices within our specialty, and we need to support early stage anesthesiology scholars in order to secure the future of anesthesiology as a core medical specialty.


FDA Update on Anesthetics: New Drug Approvals, IND and Labeling 101
Monday, October 21 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Presented by: Martha A. Van Clief, M.D., Renee Petit-Scott, M.D., Alla Bazini, M.D.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a public health agency. One of our stated responsibilities is to advance the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer and more affordable. In this session, the speakers will review recent anesthetics approvals, and new classes of anesthetics on the horizon. Participants will learn what challenges arise in approving these anesthetic drugs and their benefits-and-risks profiles. The session will also provide practitioners information on the recent Anesthetic Drug Advisory Committee meetings for anesthetics and their potential impact on public health. Speakers will review when an IND should be submitted for research and the information that should be included in the submission. Finally, the presenters will summarize what different types of labeling warnings mean to practitioners. This information will be of interest to numerous stakeholders including academic researchers and clinicians, community physicians providing care to patients with painful conditions, and industry.


IARS: Diversity of Talent: Effectively Leading a Multigenerational Workforce in the 21st Century
Monday, October 21 | 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Presented by: Colleen Koch, M.B.A., M.D., M.S., FASA, Michael A. Gropper, M.D., Ph.D., Kevin K. Tremper, M.D., Ph.D., FACA, Aman Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D.

It is a unique time in U.S. health care where we have 4-5 generations working together in the health care workspace. Each generation—from the Traditionalist to the iGen/Centennials—have different life experiences that translate into varied communication styles, attitudes, priorities and more. This session enables you to better understand strengths and differences in the multi-generations, and provide strategies to apply to create high-performing teams.




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