2021 WSSA/BCAS Joint Virtual Meeting

Saturday, November 13, 2021
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WSSA Member Free
(U.S. ONLY) Non-WSSA Member Resident
WA Anesthesiologist Resident
(U.S. ONLY) Non-WSSA Member Anesthesiologist
Anesthesiologist or Out of State Anesthesiologist

Activity Description

The British Columbia Anesthesia Society (BCAS) and Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists (WSSA) joint meeting is an annual continuing medical education conference focused on current anesthesia practices as well as collaboration across international borders on approaches to common questions in anesthesiology. This meeting includes updates on relevant topics within the specialty as well as emerging evidence that attendees then apply to improve the quality of their anesthesia practice. Earn up to 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️!

This meeting is for anesthesiologists, anesthesiologist assistants, CRNAs, resident/fellows and medical students. 

Educational Learning Objectives/Outcomes

  • Identify factors in the perioperative course that have the greatest environmental impact
  • Update knowledge of enhanced recovery pathways for pediatric surgical patients to improve quality and safety
  • Describe best practice around transitions from acute post-surgical pain to chronic pain, and the appropriate use of opioids in that process
  • Identify risk factors associated with increased postoperative complications in the elderly as well as mitigation strategies
  • Summarize approach to successful same-day total joint programs and identify potential pitfalls
  • Update on regional anesthesia practices in ambulatory and inpatient perioperative environments


8:00 AM – 8:10 AM  Welcome and Opening Remarks Bridget Bush, MD; Alison Read, MD

8:10 AM – 8:50 AM 

Session 1: Planetary Healthcare for Anesthesiologists

Andrea MacNeill, MD, MSc, FRCSC

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Moderated Discussion


9:10 AM – 9:50 AM

Session 2: ERAS/Quality and Safety in Pediatrics 

Vikas O'Reilly-Shah, MD, PhD, FASA 

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM 
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Moderated Discussion


10:10 AM – 10:50 AM

Session 3: Preventing Persistent Pain After Surgery – What Role Can Anesthesiologists Play? 

Ainsley Sutherland MD, PhD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Moderated Discussion


11:10 AM  – 11:50 AM

Session 4: Perioperative Frailty and Optimization

Itay Bentov, MD, PhD

11:50 AM  – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM  – 12:10 PM

Moderated Discussion


12:10 PM – 12:40 PM 

Lunch Break | Opportunity for Meet & Greet Networking


12:40 PM – 1:20 PM

Session 5: Creating a Successful Same Day Total Joint Program 

Beamy Shivalik Sharma, MD, MBA

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

Moderated Discussion


1:40 PM – 2:20 PM

Session 6: Regional Anesthesia Update 2021

Christopher Prabhakar, MD, FRCPC

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM

Moderated Discussion
2:40 PM – 2:50 PM Closing Remarks  


All planners, faculty, and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

About the Sessions (in order of program appearance) 

Planetary Healthcare for Anesthesiologists | Andrea MacNeill, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the full scope of planetary healthcare
  • Identify the most significant environmental impacts of perioperative services
  • Inspire systems and practices in anesthesia for improved environmental sustainability

Andrea MacNeill, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Surgical Oncologist, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Director, UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab

Dr. Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Change and Management and is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, a novel interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health. As the Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working on a transformational planetary health strategy for the health authority, to mitigate the healthcare climate footprint while creating health and social value.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Update on Evidence and Consideration for Implementation | Vikas O'Reilly-Shah, MD, PhD, FASA

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the core goals of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program and the components of the patient care plan that drive those goals.
  • Cite the specific ways in which an ERAS program are likely to improve the patient experience.
  • Enumerate the key stakeholders that are necessary to be involved for a successful deployment of an ERAS protocol.

Vikas O'Reilly-Shah, MD, PhD, FASA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine | University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital

Vikas O'Reilly-Shah attended Michigan State University on the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship graduating with degrees in biochemistry and philosophy prior to enrollment in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University. After medical school and doctoral work in structural biology, he trained in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology at Stanford University. After a relatively brief stint in private practice, he joined the faculty at Emory University in 2015 where he led departmental data governance efforts including the development of a perioperative data warehouse. He came to Seattle in 2019 where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, leading the Center for Pain and Perioperative initiatives in Quality Safety and Outcomes (PPiQSO) and serving as the Associate Chief for Perioperative Informatics and Outcomes at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which is his clinical home as well. He also serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Informatics and Information Technology.

Preventing Persistent Pain After Surgery – What Role Can Anesthesiologists Play? | Ainsley Sutherland MD, PhD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC

In this presentation, Dr. Sutherland will review the prevalence and impact of persistent post-surgical pain, and discuss how Anesthesiologists can identify patients at risk and work collaboratively to prevent persistent post-surgical pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the epidemiology and impact of persistent post-surgical pain
  • Discuss strategies for preventing persistent post-surgical pain opioid weaning
  • Discuss the use of technology to identify patients at risk for persistent-post surgical pain and provide tools for supported self-management of pain

Ainsley Sutherland MD, PhD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC

Consultant Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician
Physician Lead, Acute Pain Service
St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care, Vancouver BC

Dr. Sutherland obtained her PhD in Experimental Medicine at UBC examining genetic susceptibility to severe infections and sepsis in critically ill patients.  She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in Transitional and Chronic Pain at Toronto General Hospital.  She is now a member of the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital.  Her focus of research is on the prevention of persistent pain and opioid use in post-surgical patients.

Perioperative Frailty and Optimization | Itay Bentov, MD, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify clinical tools and research strategies to assess and study frailty.
  • Relate frailty to surgical outcomes.
  • Describe the importance of frailty assessment by anesthesiologists.

Itay Bentov, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine | University Of Washington School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Medicine | Harborview Medical Center

The focus of my career is to provide perioperative care to older patients and elucidate the basic mechanisms that govern the response to injury in this vulnerable population. After my residency in Israel, I pursued a PhD in the NIH-TAU graduate partnership program. My family relocated to Seattle in 2010, I work at Harborview Medical Center, the only level one trauma center in the WWAMI region. I received a GEMSSTAR award in 2012, which broadened my knowledge of the challenges of geriatric patient care and confirmed by commitment to aging research. At Harborview we have formed a multidisciplinary collaboration to assist in shaping the clinical care of older adults through productive academic partnerships. Our work has been acknowledged with awards and recently published in leading journals in the fields of Anesthesia (Anesthesiology), Surgery (JAMA Surgery) and internal medicine (New England Journal of Medicine).

Creating a Successful Same Day Total Joint Program | Beamy Shivalik Sharma, MD, MBA 

Learning Objectives:

  • Criteria for creating a successful program
  • The role of anesthesia in a successful program
  • Logistic changes during a pandemic

Beamy Shivalik Sharma, MD, MBA
Anesthesiologist | Washington Permanente Medical Group

Beamy Sharma grew up in Northern California and then flew to upstate New York to be part of the Leadership in Medicine Program where she completed her B.S., M.B.A. and M.D. She completed her anesthesia residency at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the U.S. This led her to go back west where she did a 1-year fellowship in regional anesthesia at University of California, San Diego. After a brief stint at University of Southern California, she moved up to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Kaiser Permanente family. At her current position she is able to pursue her interests in enhanced recovery pathways and quality assessment. 

Regional Anesthesia Update 2021 | Christopher Prabhakar, MD, FRCPC

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore changes in nomenclature of fascial plane blocks
  • Review recent clinically relevant papers in regional anesthesia
  • Integrate upcoming novel regional anesthesia modalities into future clinical practice

Christopher Prabhakar, MD, FRCPC
Head, Regional Anesthesia Division, Department of Anesthesiology, Providence Healthcare
St. Paul's Hospital and Mt. St. Joseph's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Prabhakar completed his medical school undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, his Anesthesiology residency at the University of British Columbia, and his fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at Dalhousie University. He is currently the Head of the Regional Anesthesiology Division of Providence Healthcare in Vancouver, BC, a staff anesthesiologist at St. Paul's and Mt. St. Joseph's Hospitals in Vancouver, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. He can usually be found standing in the rain on any given weekend watching his kids play soccer.

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WSSA/BCAS Committee Members

  • Rachel Clement, MD, Education Committee Chair
  • Erica Holland, MD
  • Jeffrey McLaren, MD
  • Deepak Sharma, MD
  • Alison Read, MD, Education Committee Chair
  • Christie Avenant, MD
  • Cat Mattheus, MD
  • Teresa Mohamedali
  • Roland Orfaly, MD
  • Karin Sweeney

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 6.0 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.

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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, 2021. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.

Cancellation Policy

Those who are unable to attend the live event may access recordings post-event. No refunds will be permitted.