USSA/AVAA Military Sessions & Events

2020 6th Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA)/Association of Veterans’ Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting

Don't miss this year’s all-virtual meeting! Hear from top physician anesthesiologists, as well as military branch specialty leaders, as they discuss patient safety and pain management, care for trauma patients, leadership development, and the state of the specialty. Registration is free for USSA and AVAA members.

Jointly provided by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists and the Association of Veterans' Affairs Anesthesiologists.


Friday, October 2
All times are listed in Central Time.

0900 - 1600  Annual Academic Meeting – All sessions, lectures, and panels
0900 – 0930 ASA/USSA/AVAA Welcome
0930 – 1015 Presentation title: TBA
        David Burnbach, MD, MPH 
        Executive Vice Provost 
        Miller Professor, Department of Anesthesiology 
        University of Miami School of Medicine
 1015 – 1100 Respectful, Trusting Relationships are Essential for Patient Safety, Especially the Surgeon-Anesthesiologist Dyad
        Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD
        Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
        Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine,
        Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
        Executive Director Emeritus & Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Simulation
 1100 – 1145   Make Blood Whole Again
        Samuel A. Tisherman, MD
        Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD 
        Professor of Surgery , University of Maryland
 1145 – 1230 Lunch
 1230 – 1315 Preventing Chronic Pain After Trauma
        Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, III, MD  COL, USA, RET
        Director, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
        Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
 1315– 1400 Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Update
        Brendon Drew, MD, CAPT MC USN
        Division Surgeon, 1st Marine Division
        Chair, JTS Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care
        Navy Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader
 1400  1445 COVID-19 The New York City Experience
        David Berlin, MD 
        Medical Director, Critical Care Services, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine
        Director,  Medical Intensive Care Unit, New York Presbyterian Medical Center
        Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University 
 1445 – 1500  Break
 1500 – 1600 State of Specialty – Special Leader Panel
        Army Specialty Leader – COL David Ruffin
        Air Force Specialty Leader – Lt. Col Kory Bodily
        Navy Specialty Leader – CAPT Kyle Berry, MC USN
        Navy Reserve Specialty Leader – CDR Darian Rice, MC USNR
 1500 –1600 Leadership Development within the VA/Academic Medicine
 1600 Joint Military Annual Academic Meeting Conclusion



USSA/AVAA Member Free!
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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 Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists, with the Association of Veterans’ Affairs 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 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Statement of Need 
As the only military component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the USSA represents and serves the unique needs and interests of uniformed anesthesiologists. Its purpose is to serve as a networking and educational platform for all branches of the service. The USSA fosters professionalism, education, and the exchange of ideas through its annual meeting with deployed service members practicing anesthesia in harm’s way. 

Target Audiences
Anesthesiologists, residents, and medical students who are currently serving in the armed forces, and other practitioners interested in trauma, disaster management, regional anesthesia, and echocardiography. 

Learning Objectives 
At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the most recent advances in care of trauma patients.
  • Define progression of pain management techniques from the battle field to VA hospital.
  • Identify the causes of medical errors.

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only 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 Statement 
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 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. 

How to Claim Credit 
Please follow these directions to access the course, claim your credits, complete the program evaluation(s) and print your certificate: 

  1. Log in to the ASA Education Center at:
    If you have accessed the ASA Education Center for a previous meeting, please use your existing ASA username and password. 
    If you have not previously accessed the ASA Education Center, you will soon receive an email from the ASA Education Center with log-in instructions. 
  2. Once you have logged on to the ASA Education Center homepage, click on the tab that says “MY COURSES,” for the link to the 2020 USSA/AVAA Annual Academic Meeting. 
  3. Select the link to complete the course evaluation and claim credit. 
    To retrieve a username or password, enter your email address at:

Note: Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. All credits for the meeting must be claimed by Dec. 31, 2020. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date. 

Commercial Support 
This activity is supported by in-kind donations from:  None.